Dog walker dies after being hit by tyre which flew off passing vehicle in Devon

A DOG walker has died after being struck by a tyre which flew off a passing vehicle in Devon.

The man, in his 70s, was walking along the A38 near the town of Newton Abbot at around 10.30am today when the accident happened.

He was reportedly struck while on a stretch of dual carriageway between the Drumbridges roundabout and the Chudleigh Knighton junction.

Emergency services attended the scene and the road was closed in both directions.

The Cornwall-bound side reopened at around midday, while the Exeter-bound side remained closed until 4.50pm, more than six hours after the accident, DevonLive reported.

Pictures showed long queues of cars as well as motorists exiting their cars and walking around amid the standstill.

The man's death was confirmed by Devon and Cornwall Police.

Police investigating the incident have now traced the vehicle and quizzed its owner.

The pensioner's family has been informed.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesman said: "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."

The fate of the man's dog is not yet known.

An investigation into the death is ongoing.

Anyone with an information is being asked to call 101 or e-mail [email protected] and to quote log number 261 of 1/9/20.

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