Police have revealed that a teenager and his father were killed in a car crash which has left his mother and nine-year-old sister fighting for their lives. The crash at East Cowick, near Goole, also claimed the life of a 70 year old woman.
The collision happened on a bridge on the A614 in East Yorkshire at around 1.30pm on Saturday.
Police say 46-year-old John Sarkar and his 14 year-old son Ethan were killed. The man's wife, and their nine-year-old daughter are described as having critical injuries. They are being treated in Leeds General Infirmary. The family, who are from Birmingham, were in a Volkswagen Golf driving north on the bridge over the Aire and Calder Navigation canal.
The sole occupant of the other car - a 70-year old woman who was travelling south in a Volvo, also died. She has been named as Sheila Stavert-Lee of Wigginton near York.
Debbie Hinchliffe, who lives less than a 100 metres from the bridge, was first at the scene and made desperate efforts to help the victims. She says the collision took place on a stretch of road where there have been a number of accidents.
- The scene of the crash. Note- this video is mute.
The crash prompted a massive response from the emergency services with three ambulances, two paramedic rapid response vehicles and two air ambulances joining police andfirefighters at the remote location.
People living in the area said the A614 between East Cowick and Goole was long and straight which encourages some motorists to travel along it at speed. The double bridges form a slight elevation and a bend on the single carriageway route.
The road was closed for a number of hours as officers conducted a detailed investigation of the scene. The wreckage of the two vehicles was eventually removed about seven hours after the crash.
– Insp John Lawson, of Humberside Police, said:
Police are requesting that any witnesses to the collision or that had travelled over the bridge at the time of the collision to contact Humberside Police.