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Fatal North Devon crash not discovered for several hours

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 15, 2012

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Two young men who died after their car was found in a swollen river may have been undiscovered for hours before the alarm was raised.

Emergency services were alerted just after 8am on Friday after a member of the public spotted the vehicle.

The convertible Peugeot 306 was travelling towards North Molton on the road which leads from the A361 at South Molton when it left the carriageway and plunged 15 feet into the fast flowing, swollen River Mole.

The driver, a 25-year-old man from Brixham, was taken to hospital but died a short time later. The passenger in the car, a 24-year-old man from South Molton, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have revealed that they are seeking witnesses who may have seen the distinctive blue car in the area the night before the men were found.

A spokesman for the force said the force's Serious Collisions Investigation Unit was appealing for witnesses who "may have seen the Peugeot travelling from the Exmoor direction toward North Molton or South Molton sometime during the late evening of Thursday or early hours of Friday morning, to contact police."

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  • Brizz_Tony  |  October 15 2012, 10:54PM

    It is very sad, to say the least. We may never know what happened, and it is a matter for the investigation, but please, young people especially, read the highway code, remember that you never stop learning to drive, respect other road users of any type, and slow down when you aren't sure. The good driver isn't always the one who gets there first. God rest those poor men, and God help their families in their grief.

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