two injured after car drives the wrong way down the a14 near kettering

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A GRANDFATHER is glad to be alive after a driver going the wrong way down a dual carriageway ploughed into his car.

Malcolm Ward, 64, of Thrapston, was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry with suspected chest and abdominal injuries after he pulled out to overtake a lorry on the A14 and found a car coming the other way yesterday morning.

The other driver, who was in his 30s, was treated at Kettering General Hospital for an ankle injury.

Mr Ward’s son Stuart, 34, said: “He is just glad he came out OK.

“He was overtaking a lorry and he found a Mercedes coming the other way. He tried to come back behind the lorry but the other guy hit him.”

Traffic was backed up for miles as the westbound carriageway was closed between Junctions 13 and 14 from 10.30am until 1pm while firefighters worked for an hour to cut the drivers free from their cars.

Both cars were destroyed.

Stuart, who lives in Bournemouth, faced an anxious wait for news of his father as there was no mobile phone reception in the hospital.

But the police said both drivers escaped without serious injury.

A police spokesman said: “A vehicle is believed to have been travelling eastbound on the westbound carriageway of the A14, resulting in a collision.

“The vehicle, which was travelling in the wrong direction, collided with another vehicle at the Tichmarsh junction of the A14.”

Dr Dhushy Kumar, of the air ambulance, said: “We often work with the fire and rescue service to help extract trapped patients and this accident is another great example of teamwork between the emergency services.”