Driver killed in Slapton Ley lake crash

Car in the water
Image caption The car plunged into the lake at Slapton Ley just after 00:00 BST

A man was killed when his car plunged into a lake in south Devon.

The driver came off the A379 in Torcross, went across grassland and careered into Slapton Ley, the largest natural lake in south-west England.

Police said the crash happened around midnight near the Start Bay Inn and the war memorial.

Police divers have carried out a search of the submerged vehicle and surrounding area to confirm there are no other casualties.

Image caption Divers assessed the vehicle and the surrounding area to confirm there were no other casualties
Image caption Police divers have been searching the submerged vehicle

The 38-year man, who was driving a silver coloured BMW 318, died at the scene.

Formal identification has not yet taken place, although next of kin are being informed.

The A379 was closed for several hours but has since reopened.

Slapton Ley is separated from the sea by a narrow shingle bar but it is entirely freshwater. The site is a National Nature Reserve.

Image caption Slapton Ley is separated from the sea by a narrow shingle bar

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