Fire crews found the car to be wedged underneath the rear of the lorry with the male driver trapped.
Firefighters decided to free all items from the lorry and then gently move the lorry forward and free from the car. Once this was done emergency crews removed the roof and doors from the car and freed the driver who had received a number of injuries. Throughout the incident the driver was constantly monitored and cared for by members of the Devon Air Ambulance and paramedics.
The casualty was able to walk with help from his car to an awaiting ambulance.
The A38 was re-opened shortly before 6pm.
Picture: Buckfastleigh Fire Station