Sad­ness af­ter death of woman, 87, in car

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK&WORLD UPDATE - By NICK REINIS

A TOWN is in shock fol­low­ing the death of a well-known pen­sioner in a head-on car crash in Peter­bor­ough.

Irene Jack­son, of Pin­gle Close, Whit­tle­sey, died at the scene of the col­li­sion on Tues­day at Oun­dle Road, in Or­ton Wis­tow.

The 87-year-old was a pas­sen­ger in a Vaux­hall Corsa which was trav­el­ling out of the city when it col­lided with a Sca­nia lorry.

Paramedics and a Mag­pas emer­gency doc­tor were flown to the scene by the East Anglian Air Am­bu­lance, but they were un­able to save Mrs Jack­son’s life.

To­day, Mayor of Whit­tle­sey, councillor Derek Steb­bing, spoke of his sad­ness at the tragic news.

Mrs Jack­son is be­lieved to have been liv­ing in the town for more than 40 years and was a fre­quent vis­i­tor to Whit­tle­sey Methodist Church, in Queen Street.

Cllr Steb­bing said: “I was in the Town Hall when I heard the news that she had passed away and I was very sad­dened.

“I’ve heard she was of­ten around town.

“It’s al­ways sad when some­one passes away sud­denly like that, es­pe­cially in these cir­cum­stances.

“It’s bad enough when some­one dies of old age but when they go to the next city and don’t come back, that’s very tragic.

“I sin­cerely pass on my con­do­lences from the whole of the Town Coun­cil to Mrs Jack­son’s fam­ily and friends.”

Mick Speech­ley, councillor for Whit­tle­sey’s St An­drews ward, which cov­ers the small quiet street where Mrs Jack­son lived, added: “I’m very sad to hear of this news.”

Po­lice be­lieve the Vaux­hall Corsa was trav­el­ling out of Peter­bor­ough, to­wards the Lynch Wood Busi­ness Park, when the col­li­sion took place at 2.16pm.

Of­fi­cers say the car then moved to the right-hand-side of the sin­gle car­riage­way road and into the path of the lorry, which was head­ing to­wards the city cen­tre.

The 87-year-old male driver of the car was treated at the scene of the crash and taken to Peter­bor­ough District Hos­pi­tal.

He suf­fered mi­nor in­juries, but the 37-year-old driver of the ar­tic­u­lated lorry was un­harmed.

Po­lice closed the road be­tween the round­about at Or­ton Wis­tow and the Lynch Wood Busi­ness Park round­about for sev­eral hours while they took pic­tures and con­ducted their in­ves­ti­ga­tion at the scene.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the col­li­sion re­mains on­go­ing and po­lice are con­tin­u­ing to ap­peal for the pub­lic’s help in find­ing out what hap­pened in the run-up to the col­li­sion.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should call PC John Blood in Cam­bridgeshire po­lice’s Roads Polic­ing Unit on 0345 456 456 4.

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