Tragedy on A38 as dog walker dies after being hit by tyre flung from road

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A pensioner has died after he was hit by a tyre while walking his dog near a dual carriageway.

The victim, a man in his 70s, died after being struck by the wheel on the A38 near Newton Abbot, Devon.

The fatal incident happened at 10.30am on Monday morning between the Drumbridges roundabout and Chudleigh Knighton junction heading towards Exeter.

Emergency services scrambled to the scene and the road was closed for several hours in both directions.

Police have since confirmed that a man was hit by the tyre and died at the scene.

The driver often vehicle involved has also been traced, detectives said.

Police said in a statement: “A man has died after being struck by a tyre on the A38 near Newton Abbot this morning (Monday).

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"Police were called to the A38 between the Drumbridges Roundabout and Chudleigh Knighton junction at around 10.30am with a report that a dog walker had been struck by a tyre which appeared to have originated from a passing vehicle.

"A local man in his 70s was pronounced deceased shortly afterwards. His next-of-kin has been informed.

"The vehicle has been traced and enquiries are being made with the driver.

"A road closure on the eastbound carriageway was implemented for several hours, re-opening at 4.50pm."

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