Elderly driver dies after being taken ill following crash at junction of St Helens Linkway and Elton head Road

St Helens Star: Drivers facing possible delays at Elton Head Road Drivers facing possible delays at Elton Head Road

AN elderly man died after being taken ill following a road crash in St Helens, this afternoon, Wednesday, 22 January.

Patrols were called to the roundabout at the junction of St Helens Linkway and Elton Head Road, at around 2.05pm, to reports that a silver Ford Zetec C max had been in collision with a lorry.

Emergency services attended and the driver of the car, believed to be an 86-year-old man, was taken to Whiston Hospital by ambulance but died a short time later.

Collision investigators are now at the scene to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.

As a result, the St Helens Linkway is closed from the Micklehead roundabout heading towards St Helens.

There are also restrictions at the Elton Head Road junction with the Linkway with a diversion in place down Sherdley Road.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call the Roads Policing Unit via the police non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Comments (10)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

4:52pm Wed 22 Jan 14

smith&weston says...

It's pretty clear they have the full circumstances, i.e., elderly man taken ill then being involved in an accident with another vehicle on the road. However, two hours later, road still closed . 6 officers and 5 cars still on the scene, Linkway closed in one direction, massive tailbacks and traffic queues around the area. WHY ?
It won't prevent another elderly person being taken ill at the wheel as this could happen to any one of us, elderly or young. These unfortunate things happen. If I thought the subsequent investigation would prevent it, I'd bee 100 percent behind a closure of this magnitude.
It's pretty clear they have the full circumstances, i.e., elderly man taken ill then being involved in an accident with another vehicle on the road. However, two hours later, road still closed . 6 officers and 5 cars still on the scene, Linkway closed in one direction, massive tailbacks and traffic queues around the area. WHY ? It won't prevent another elderly person being taken ill at the wheel as this could happen to any one of us, elderly or young. These unfortunate things happen. If I thought the subsequent investigation would prevent it, I'd bee 100 percent behind a closure of this magnitude. smith&weston
  • Score: -30

5:02pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Mrs Rabbit says...

My thoughts and prayers go to the Gentleman's family in these very tragic circumstances. God Bless. x
My thoughts and prayers go to the Gentleman's family in these very tragic circumstances. God Bless. x Mrs Rabbit
  • Score: 31

5:49pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Common Sense 2014 says...

smith&weston wrote:
It's pretty clear they have the full circumstances, i.e., elderly man taken ill then being involved in an accident with another vehicle on the road. However, two hours later, road still closed . 6 officers and 5 cars still on the scene, Linkway closed in one direction, massive tailbacks and traffic queues around the area. WHY ?
It won't prevent another elderly person being taken ill at the wheel as this could happen to any one of us, elderly or young. These unfortunate things happen. If I thought the subsequent investigation would prevent it, I'd bee 100 percent behind a closure of this magnitude.
Somebody has died. Because of the blame culture the police have to do what the Police have to do in order to ensure no stone is left unturned. Obviously they really love causing tailbacks and closing roads. No doubt you would have done this much efficiently.

Thoughts are with the family at this sad time.
[quote][p][bold]smith&weston[/bold] wrote: It's pretty clear they have the full circumstances, i.e., elderly man taken ill then being involved in an accident with another vehicle on the road. However, two hours later, road still closed . 6 officers and 5 cars still on the scene, Linkway closed in one direction, massive tailbacks and traffic queues around the area. WHY ? It won't prevent another elderly person being taken ill at the wheel as this could happen to any one of us, elderly or young. These unfortunate things happen. If I thought the subsequent investigation would prevent it, I'd bee 100 percent behind a closure of this magnitude.[/p][/quote]Somebody has died. Because of the blame culture the police have to do what the Police have to do in order to ensure no stone is left unturned. Obviously they really love causing tailbacks and closing roads. No doubt you would have done this much efficiently. Thoughts are with the family at this sad time. Common Sense 2014
  • Score: 32

6:20pm Wed 22 Jan 14

smith&weston says...

We've had 3 major road closures in the last week in this area of Merseyside.
The cost to business's is immense. The disruption to other people beyond calculation . Of course they have to be investigated but we need to find a way
Of reduceing the length of time this is taking. Perhaps if Police budgets hadn't been slashed and the roads policing section reduced to a barely visable presence, these closures could be kept to a minimum. As for the " we have to have some one to blame " mentality, sadly, it has never bought any one back
We've had 3 major road closures in the last week in this area of Merseyside. The cost to business's is immense. The disruption to other people beyond calculation . Of course they have to be investigated but we need to find a way Of reduceing the length of time this is taking. Perhaps if Police budgets hadn't been slashed and the roads policing section reduced to a barely visable presence, these closures could be kept to a minimum. As for the " we have to have some one to blame " mentality, sadly, it has never bought any one back smith&weston
  • Score: -24

6:29pm Wed 22 Jan 14

ninjababe says...

If you read the article properly it says the gentleman became ill after the collision with the truck.
If you read the article properly it says the gentleman became ill after the collision with the truck. ninjababe
  • Score: 7

6:41pm Wed 22 Jan 14

smith&weston says...

ninjababe wrote:
If you read the article properly it says the gentleman became ill after the collision with the truck.
In which case it becomes a crime scene , hence the closure. I still maintain that if we had a bigger roads policing unit with more officers and better resources, they could complete their unpleasant task a lot quicker. In a couple of months time, St Helens Council will be wacking up the council tax to help fund their politically biased pet projects, the parish council will jump in on the act and demand a bigger slice for god knows what yet when the Police Authority ask for a bigger share of this money, many of you will begrudge it.
[quote][p][bold]ninjababe[/bold] wrote: If you read the article properly it says the gentleman became ill after the collision with the truck.[/p][/quote]In which case it becomes a crime scene , hence the closure. I still maintain that if we had a bigger roads policing unit with more officers and better resources, they could complete their unpleasant task a lot quicker. In a couple of months time, St Helens Council will be wacking up the council tax to help fund their politically biased pet projects, the parish council will jump in on the act and demand a bigger slice for god knows what yet when the Police Authority ask for a bigger share of this money, many of you will begrudge it. smith&weston
  • Score: -22

7:00pm Wed 22 Jan 14

smith&weston says...

And I might as well add a big thank you to the driver of a Highways Road lines painting vehicle who pulled up his clearly unroadworthy vehicle ( pushing out dense clouds of thick black smoke ) on the North bound section of the Linkway just past the roundabout involved and proceeded to block a lane when he could just as easily stopped before entering the congested area.
And I might as well add a big thank you to the driver of a Highways Road lines painting vehicle who pulled up his clearly unroadworthy vehicle ( pushing out dense clouds of thick black smoke ) on the North bound section of the Linkway just past the roundabout involved and proceeded to block a lane when he could just as easily stopped before entering the congested area. smith&weston
  • Score: -23

8:14pm Thu 23 Jan 14

leigh12 says...

He was not ill behind the wheel of the vehicle this was my grandad he became ill after leaving the vehicle.
And died in my nan's arms at the side of the road they did everything they could at the hospital but unfortunately was not enough. Get your facts right and the police were doing their job correctly.
He was not ill behind the wheel of the vehicle this was my grandad he became ill after leaving the vehicle. And died in my nan's arms at the side of the road they did everything they could at the hospital but unfortunately was not enough. Get your facts right and the police were doing their job correctly. leigh12
  • Score: 18

1:19pm Fri 24 Jan 14

jimstevo says...

leigh12 wrote:
He was not ill behind the wheel of the vehicle this was my grandad he became ill after leaving the vehicle.
And died in my nan's arms at the side of the road they did everything they could at the hospital but unfortunately was not enough. Get your facts right and the police were doing their job correctly.
People('usual suspects') are always commenting on subjects in the Town without ever thinking of the distress they cause to others! They are experts on ever subject under the sun and are always right!
I am really sorry for your sad loss and only hope that these idiots 'put their brain into gear before engaging their mouths' in future!
[quote][p][bold]leigh12[/bold] wrote: He was not ill behind the wheel of the vehicle this was my grandad he became ill after leaving the vehicle. And died in my nan's arms at the side of the road they did everything they could at the hospital but unfortunately was not enough. Get your facts right and the police were doing their job correctly.[/p][/quote]People('usual suspects') are always commenting on subjects in the Town without ever thinking of the distress they cause to others! They are experts on ever subject under the sun and are always right! I am really sorry for your sad loss and only hope that these idiots 'put their brain into gear before engaging their mouths' in future! jimstevo
  • Score: 13

2:37pm Fri 24 Jan 14

leigh12 says...

Jim stevo
thank you for you kind words maybe if there was more people like you in this world it wouldn't be in such a mess its in.
Jim stevo thank you for you kind words maybe if there was more people like you in this world it wouldn't be in such a mess its in. leigh12
  • Score: 11

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree