Three in hospital after multi-vehicle crash near Kettering

Three-car accident on the A43 Kettering northern bypass. Picture by Jonathan McGhee
Three-car accident on the A43 Kettering northern bypass. Picture by Jonathan McGhee
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Roads were closed as emergency services attended a serious three-vehicle crash just outside Kettering on the evening of Monday, April 28.

The incident occurred on the Kettering northern bypass near the roundabout which connects the road with the A6003 to Corby and Rockingham Road, which leads to Kettering town centre, just after 5.30pm.

The A43 Kettering northern bypass closed off at junction seven of the A14

The A43 Kettering northern bypass closed off at junction seven of the A14

The 51-year-old driver of one of the vehicles, a Ford Fiesta, was airlifted to University Hospital in Coventry with serious head and chest injuries. Two more people – the drivers of the other two cars involved – were taken by road ambulance to Kettering General Hospital.

The northern bypass was closed in both directions by police, pictured below. They also closed off the exit slip road of the A14 at junction seven.

A spokesman for Northants Police said: “It involved a grey Toyota Yaris driven by a 26-year-old woman, a red Ford Fiesta being driven by a 51-year-old man and a green VW Passat with a 31-year-old man at the wheel.

“The cars were approaching the roundabout on the northern bypass, in the direction of the A6003, when the collision took place at about 5.35pm.”

The spokesman said police wanted to speak to anyone who witnessed the collision or who had any information about it. They are asked to call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615.

Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) said the collision had happened at high speed.

A spokesman for the air ambulance added: “WNAA received the call at around 5.55pm and landed at the scene at around 6.13pm.

“On arrival, the crew assessed a man, believed to be around 40 years old, who had sustained serious head and chest injuries in the collision.

“He was quickly extricated by the local fire and rescue service before being immobilised by the WNAA crew and airlifted to University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire for further treatment.

“The patient’s current condition is unknown.”

Motorists were urged to avoid the area while recovery work continued.