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  • News from West Dorset, East Devon & South Somerset

Wednesday 27th August 2014, 9:28am

Man suffers 'life-changing' 

injuries in Offwell smash

A HONITON man suffered what is described as "life-changing" injuries in a motorcycle/car accident on the A35 near the town.

The accident happened at about 12:50pm on Sunday, August 24th at the A35 junction with Ramsden Lane, Offwell.

A police spokesperson said: "The collision involved a black Suzuki motorcycle, being ridden by a man in his fifties, and a red Toyota Yaris, being driven by a man in his eighties.  

"The motorcyclist suffered serious chest and leg injuries and was airlifted to Derriford Hospital. His condition is described as life changing.  

"Both men are local to Honiton. Diversions were in place and the road was closed until 8:30pm while collision investigators worked at the scene.  

"Any witnesses are asked to call police on 101 quoting log 436 24 August 2014."


Friday 22nd August, 10:30am

Kilmington woman dies 

after being hit by car

by Anders Larsson

A KILMINGTON woman died in hospital after being struck by a car on the A35.

A police spokesperson said: "The incident occurred at approximately 9:09pm on Thursday, August 21st on the A35 at the area adjacent to the bus shelter and The Old Inn public house car park in Kilmington.

“A single vehicle, namely a VW Polo, travelling towards Honiton was in collision with a female pedestrian.

“The casualty, a local woman aged in her early 80s, was conveyed by ambulance to the RD&E Hospital in Exeter where she died soon after.

“The driver of the vehicle, a local woman, was uninjured.

“Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident and in particular to anyone who may have seen either the VW Polo or the pedestrian prior to the collision and are asked to call police on 101 quoting police reference 789 210814.”


Tuesday 19th August 2014, 2:30pm

Fire crews called to blaze at Axminster Carpets

by Jack Dixon

EMPLOYEES at Axminster Carpets were evacuated from the site this morning, after a fire broke out in the underlay plant.

Fire crews were called to the scene at around 11:30am after the alarm was activated.

Teams from Axminster, Colyton, Charmouth, Lyme Regis and Chard arrived to extinguish the blaze, which at its height was causing smoke to billow out from the top of the building.

No one was seriously injured during the incident, but one man was reported to have suffered burns to his hand while tackling the blaze with a fire extinguisher.

He and two other employees were subsequently treated for breathing difficulties as a result of smoke inhalation.

One of the men, who was first on the scene when the fire broke, said the bottom part of the plant had become “like a furnace”. He said the three men had attempted to fight the fire with extinguishers before they were forced to evacuate.

A firefighter at the scene confirmed that teams had used breathing apparatus and hose reel jets to tackle the fire.

He also said the fire had the potential to have become more serious but crews were able to confine it to the plant and prevent it spreading.

Fire crews subsequently ventilated the plant using a positive pressure ventilation fan and are now investigating the cause of the blaze.

A spokesperson for Axminster Carpets explained the situation: “The cause of the fire alarm activation was a fire which had broken out in one area of the plant, the cause of which is not yet known and will be investigated with the fire officer as soon as access is granted into the affected area.

“All staff were immediately evacuated from the site as soon as the alarm sounded. Three members of staff were taken to hospital, one suffered from a minor burn to his hand and the other two were checked for smoke inhalation as a precautionary measure. All three have been discharged from hospital.

“We have very robust health and safety measures in place to reduce the likelihood of any incidents such as this and we will conduct a full review of these as part of the investigation to ensure all guidelines were followed and to ascertain the cause of the incident.”

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