Elderly couple killed in crash

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An elderly couple from Spalding died when their car was involved in a head-on collision with a lorry on a Fenland road.

The crash happened on the A16 at Crowland, near Cowbit at about 4.40am on Monday.

The couple - a woman aged in her 70s and a man aged 69 , who have not been named by police- were in a silver Peugeot 206 which collided with the lorry on the rural road.

A police spokesman said both of the victims were from Spalding.

There were long delays for traffic on the road, which links Peterborough and Crowland, while emergency services worked at the scene, and debris was cleared away. The road was finally able to be reopened by officers at 3.30pm.

It is not the first fatal accident on the road to have occurred in recent years. In May 2015, a woman died in a collision. And in 2014, a motorcyclist died in a collision involving his bike, a car and a lorry on the stretch of road.

Cllr Jim Astill, District Councillor for Crowland and Deeping St Nicholas Ward, said he would like to see speed cameras introduced on the stretch of road.

He said: “It would be wrong of me to comment on the latest incident without knowing the full facts about it. All I can do on that note is offer my sympathies to the families of those who lost their life.

“As for average speed cameras, this incident occurred outside of the location covered by them. But as a regular user of the road between Crowland and Cowbit I can say that the cameras have significantly reduced speeds since going live, there also appears to have been a reduction in the number of overtakes. Unfortunately the cameras alone don’t address the safety concerns with the two main junctions at Crowland.”

The file has now been passed over to the Lincolnshire coroner, and an inquest is expected to open soon.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lincolnshire police on 101, quoting incident number 30 of February 13.