Two killed after convertible plunges into swollen river near South Molton
Police have confirmed that two men were killed in a crash near South Molton yesterday.
The men, in their twenties, were found in the crashed car shortly after 8am when a member of the public alerted the emergency services.
But it's thought the car may have crashed hours earlier at some time during Thursday night.
The crash involved a blue Peugeot 306 which had left the road. Police confirmed it was a double fatal accident yesterday evening, after contacting the families of the dead men.
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Police said the Peugeot 306 convertible was travelling from the direction of North Molton when it left the road and dropped 15 feet into the fast-flowing flooded River Mole.
The driver, a 25-year-old man from Brixham, sustained serious injuries and was taken to North Devon District Hospital by ambulance. He died a short time later.
The passenger, a 24-year-old man from South Molton, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Formal identification has not taken place although next of kin have been informed.
The road from South Molton to North Molton was closed until 5pm while specialist police accident investigators tried to establish how the accident happened.
The Force Serious Collisions Investigation Unit have now launched an investigation into the collision.
Police are appealing for information from anyone who saw the car being driven from the Exmoor direction towards North Molton or South Molton sometime during Thursday evening or the early hours of Friday morning.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log number 148 of 12/10/2012.