Motorist dies after collapsing at the wheel in A13 Barking crash injuring pedestrian

PUBLISHED: 09:53 04 December 2018 | UPDATED: 10:59 04 December 2018

A13 junction with Ripple Road where man died in fatal crash and another was badly injured. Picture: Google

A13 junction with Ripple Road where man died in fatal crash and another was badly injured. Picture: Google


Accident investigators looking into the cause of a fatal crash on the A13 trunk road at Barking in which a motorist died after collapsing at the wheel are appealing today for witnesses.

Rippleside Cemetery where London air ambulance helicopter landed to reach the A13 crash scene. Picture: GoogleRippleside Cemetery where London air ambulance helicopter landed to reach the A13 crash scene. Picture: Google

The London air ambulance was flown in from Whitechapel to the crash scene by the Ripple Road junction at 12.30pm yesterday where two men were initially treated by paramedics.

“One man sadly died at the scene,” a London Ambulance spokesman confirmed later. “The other was taken as a priority to a major trauma centre.”

Policed found a pedestrian injured, with the motorist believed to have “fallen unwell before the collision”, Scotland Yard said.

The motorist, in his 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene. A file will be prepared for the coroner while a post-mortem examination is to be held.

The pedestrian, in his 60s, was taken to hospital with minor injuries, it was later confirmed.

Two ambulance crews were sent to the crash, along with an incident response officer as well as the air ambulance helicopter which had to make a landing close by at Rippleside Cemetery to reach the crash scene on the A13 Alfred’s Way which was closed, with traffic and bus services diverted.

The crash is being investigated by the Met’s Investigation Unit which began a witness appeal today for anyone who saw what happed on the A13 at 12.30pm, or may have dashboard camera footage, to call police on 101 quoting CAD 3215/03DEC, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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