Driver Dies in road tragedy

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate and ap­peal for wit­nesses af­ter fa­tal Col­li­sion:

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @Et­ben­truslove

PO­LICE have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter a head-on col­li­sion left one man dead and a woman se­ri­ously hurt.

A BMW M3 and a Pero­dua MYVI were in­volved in the crash at around 10am on Satur­day, leav­ing the Pero­dua in a ditch.

The cars col­lided on the Isle of Ely Way, known as the Chat­teris by­pass, close to the Wenny Road junc­tion.

Emer­gency ser­vices rushed to the ac­ci­dent with the air am­bu­lance, three road am­bu­lances and a fast re­sponse ve­hi­cle all in at­ten­dance, but trag­i­cally the driver of the Pero­dua died at the scene.

He was said to be a lo­cal man in his late 50s. His fe­male pas­sen­ger was cut free and taken to Ad­den­brooke’s Hospi­tal, in Cam­bridge, for treat­ment for se­ri­ous in­juries.

The three peo­ple in the BMW were de­scribed as walk­ing wounded and were taken to Hinch­ing­brooke Hospi­tal as a pre­cau­tion.

Sergeant Chris Clare, from the road polic­ing unit in March, is now ap­peal­ing for wit­nesses to come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion.

He said: “I can con­firm it was a two ve­hi­cle head-on col­li­sion re­sult­ing in one fatal­ity.

“We have names and ad­dresses of wit­nesses of peo­ple at the scene but we would ask those who have not spo­ken to us to come for­ward.

“We closed the road and launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion to es­tab­lish ex­actly what hap­pened.”

A spokes­woman for the East of Eng­land Am­bu­lance Ser­vice said: “We had five pa­tients in to­tal fol­low­ing a head-on col­li­sion. Two peo­ple were trapped and had to be freed.

“We took one se­ri­ously in­jured per­son to Ad­den­brooke’s Hospi­tal and the three walk­ing wounded to Hinch­ing­brooke.”

The force of the col­li­sion spun the sil­ver BMW while the Pero­dua ended up in a ditch.

Fire­fight­ers bat­tled to free the Pero­dua driver and his pas­sen­ger, and worked with paramedics to give med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

Ac­ci­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cers combed the area for ev­i­dence, in­clud­ing us­ing a new 3D laser scan- ner, clos­ing the road for about five hours

Nearby res­i­dents said a speed cam­era had only just been in­stalled af­ter it had been ei­ther van­dalised or knocked over in an ac­ci­dent.

One man, who did not want to be named, who lives in New Road, said: “There have been a cou­ple of ac­ci­dents with peo­ple pulling onto the road and not leav­ing enough time.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the ac­ci­dent should call po­lice on 101.

COL­LI­SION: The BMW car in­volved in the crash.

IN­VES­TI­GA­TION: The was closed as po­lice of­fi­cers car­ried out an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the cause.

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