Police name two people who died in A1 crash near South Witham

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POLICE have named two people who died in a collision on the A1 near South Witham on Sunday.

Norman Searles, 79, and June Searles, 77, of Chatham, Kent, died at the scene of the crash.

Four other people were injured.

The collision happened at about 4.30pm on the southbound carriageway between South Witham and Stretton and involved a black Vauxhall Vectra and a red Rover 400.

The Rover was travelling southbound towards Stamford. The Vectra was travelling north on the northbound carriageway before the crash.

Mr Searles was driving the Rover and Mrs Searles was a passenger in it.

Another female passenger in the Rover was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham, where her condition has been described as stable.

A male passenger in the Rover was taken to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire, where he remains in a stable condition.

The female driver of the Vectra was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre with minor injuries and has since been discharged.

The male passenger in the Vectra was taken to Peterborough District Hospital and was discharged after treatment.

Emergency medic Dr Leon Roberts, a senior medical officer with the Royal Army Medical Corps, was called out by the ambulance service and was the first doctor on the scene. He called for the police to close both carriageways and called for assistance from other volunteer doctors from East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme, known as Emics.

Dr Tim Baker from Nottingham and Dr Matt Woods from Leicester attended the scene and another Emics doctor, Dr Bob Winter, was on duty in the emergency department at Queen’s Medical Centre. Lives First Responder Dr Andy Holdstock attended and a military crew, thought to be Territorial Army, were among those who stopped to help.

The road remained closed until 11.30pm.

Police are investigating and anyone with any information about the collision is asked to leave a message for DC 1761 Pete Davies on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

All doctors in Emics are volunteers who attend emergency incidents at the request of and in support of staff from East Midlands Ambulance Service.