Sadness after death of woman, 87, in car
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.