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82 Year Old Driver Dies on the M4

July 08, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Police are unsure what caused the fatal crash but the gentleman involved was 82 years old and this may be another one of those tragic accidents that re-opens the "What Age Should You Be Allowed to Drive Till?"

It may not be the case of course and the elderly driver might not have been at fault at all and the police have appealed for witnesses.

The News Story appeared just a few hours ago on the Sky News Website.


M4 Death Crash: Was Car Going The Wrong Way?

Police investigating a smash on the M4 in Wiltshire have appealed for witnesses as they try to find out what happened.5:08pm UK, Sunday 08 July 2012 

The tragedy happened on Saturday night

Police think a car involved in a motorway crash in which two people lost their lives was possibly being driven on the wrong carriageway - against oncoming traffic.

An 82-year-old man from Swindon driving a blue Mazda 323 died at the scene of the crash between junctions 14 and 13 on the eastbound carriageway of the M4 in Wiltshire just after 10.30pm on Saturday night.

His elderly passenger, a woman, was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and is in a critical condition, a Thames Valley Police spokesman said.

A 48-year-old-man, also from Swindon, who was driving a blue Volkswagen Passat, was taken to the same hospital, where he died several hours later.

Sergeant Dick Thorpe, leading the investigation, said: "At this stage we are investigating the possibility that one of the vehicles was travelling in the wrong direction against the flow of the eastbound traffic.

"I am keen to hear from anyone who was on the M4 at this time and witnessed the collision, or who saw a vehicle travelling in the wrong direction."

Anyone with any information should call the Road Death Investigation Unit on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.


Read the full news story on the Sky News Site Here

I think we all believe we are better drivers than we actually are and I doubt when the time comes I'll want to stop driving either, but surely there comes a time when the law about drivers over 80 years of age is looked at. 

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