Police have launched an investigation after two children died in the accident on the A47 near Wisbech last night.

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The incident happened at around 6.40pm, just north of the junction with Broadend Road.

Police say a black Ford Focus left the road, ending up on its side at the edge of a ditch.

Five people were travelling in the car, two adults and three children, who were all taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

A police spokesman said: “Sadly, two girls aged seven and 10 died in hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the collision.

“The three other casualties remain in hospital, although their injuries are not believed to be serious.”

The road was closed in both directions for almost four hours and was re-opened shortly before 10.30pm.

Officers continue to investigate the circumstances of the incident and how the vehicle came to leave the road. Police would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information concerning it.

Witnesses should contact Sgt Peter Howlett at Swaffham Roads Policing on 101.

On Christmas Eve two people died in a crash on the A47 at Wendling, near Dereham.

The accidents are the latest of dozens of serious accidents in recent years, and come a few weeks after the EDP launched a campaign to fully dual and make other safety improvements to the A47.

newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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