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A collision involving five cars occurred at one of the exit gates of the Royal Cornwall Show on Saturday evening (11 June).

Two casualties were taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske, while four others suffering minor injuries were treated at the showground medical centre. Medics, police and fire crews were on scene within less than a minute.

According to witnesses, the driver of a silver Mondeo appeared to lose control of his vehicle. He crashed into the car in front, causing several vehicles to pile up and a pedestrian was injured. 

Devon and Somerset Police have confirmed that a 46-year-old pedestrian knocked over in the incident was airlifted to hospital. Following chest X-rays, his injuries were declared as not life-threatening. The driver of the silver car was taken to hospital due to an underlying illness and not as a result of any injury incurred during this incident.

There are unconfirmed reports that the driver’s blood pressure was dangerously high and that he was on the verge of a heart attack.

There are calls for more efficient marshalling at the Royal Cornwall Show, after drivers reportedly suffered queues of up to two hours to exit from this particular gate.