Crime

The A38 is ‘most dangerous road’ in Devon

The A38, with a total of 93 incidents in which at least one person was either hurt or killed in 2017, is the most dangerous road in Devon, new data has revealed.

At least five of those incidents were fatal and 14 saw people seriously hurt.

The results emerged from the analysis of 130,000 traffic accidents on British roads during the year.

The data which contains a breakdown for all A roads, B roads and motorways is published annually by the Department for Transport. The breakdown contains only accidents which actually took place within the Devon council area.

A386 is the second most dangerous road in Devon, the data revealed.

At least 80 collisions were recorded there with someone either hurt or killed. The A379 was third, with 76, according to the data. A361 is the fourth with 50 casualty-causing collisions.

Four main roads in Devon – A38, A361, A30 and A3052, saw at least two fatal collisions in 2017.

There were 32 fatal collisions on all roads in Devon, including minor roads. A further 2,387 collisions caused serious or slight injuries.

The A4 is the most dangerous road in the UK. It runs from London to Bristol via Heathrow Airport.

There were 705 casualty-causing collisions on the road during 2017 while A23 with 668 and the A38 with 656 came second and third, respectively.

The M25 was the most dangerous motorway in 2017, with 635 collisions in which someone was hurt or killed, and the A1 had the most fatal incidents with 16 cases during the year.

 

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