Men killed in A47 collision at King’s Lynn believed to be from Wisbech

Emergency services at the scene of the crash. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Emergency services at the scene of the crash. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Two men killed in a head-on collision are believed to be from the Wisbech area.

The scene of the collision involving a coach and a van, in which two men died. Picture: Chris Bishop

The scene of the collision involving a coach and a van, in which two men died. Picture: Chris Bishop - Credit: Archant

Both suffered fatal injuries when a Ford Transit van was involved in a head-on collision with a coach on the busy A47 at Constitution Hill, between King's Lynn and Middleton.

A male passenger travelling in the van was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which happened at around 5.20pm on Wednesday.

The driver was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he later died. Neither has been named, but both are understood to be from the Wisbech area.

The coach slewed across the road, blocking both carriageways around half a mile from the Hardwick Roundabout. The driver and passengers suffered minor bruising and were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The scene of the crash on Constitution Hill. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The scene of the crash on Constitution Hill. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire - Credit: PA


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Peter Gidney, ward councillor for West Winch, said: 'What can one say, it is a tragedy. I offer my condolences to the family, when things like this happen you can't turn back the clock.

'It is a highways issue and the people of West Winch are always raising concerns of problems with the roundabout and that stretch of road. The traffic we are getting on the roads these days is dangerous.'

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Sharon Coleman, from V&J Knitwear in the Hardwick Narrows estate, said: 'It is always congested. The Hardwick roundabout is so big is doesn't seem like a roundabout. Someone came round the wrong way the other day, an elderly lady.

'If you are not local to the area or don't use it a lot the roundabout is horrific. There is always people honking there horns, road rage and people skipping lanes.'

County councillor Alexandra Kemp said: 'It is absolutely shocking.

'You could see the congestion from Queen Elizabeth Way and the town is grid locked so regularly.'

Ms Kemp has called for a bypass at Setchey and West Winch as well as a fly over at Queen Elizabeth Way for traffic coming from outside the town. She added: 'Traffic wouldn't have to come round Hardwick and wouldn't necessarily have to go through the town centre, there needs to be another gateway to Lynn.'

Anyone who witnessed the collision should contact the serious collision investigation team at Wymondham on 101.

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