South Yorkshire woman killed in crash - trucker arrested

Death crash: The scene of the fatal crash near Hickleton crossroads.
Death crash: The scene of the fatal crash near Hickleton crossroads.
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POLICE have arrested the lorry driver involved in a fatal crash in South Yorkshire.

He was detained on suspicion of causing the death of a pensioner Marjorie Webster by dangerous driving.

It emerged the car she was driving was stationary it had broken down on the A635 near Hickleton, between Doncaster and Barnsley.

Mrs Webster, aged 72, a retired NCB secretary who was married for 50 years, died at the scene from serious head injuries but her female passenger escaped with minor injuries.

Police today appealed for witnesses and information about the incident which happened at 11.11am on December 1 on Barnsley Road, around 500 yards east of the junction with Red Hill Lane, Hickleton.

The pensioner’s car, a green Toyota Avensis, had broken down and was stationary on the A635, facing towards Marr.

Mrs Webster, from Goldthorpe, and her passenger, also 72, and from the Barnsley area, had called breakdown services and were inside the car when it was hit from behind by a silver Mercedes large goods vehicle.

Police say the car overturned and ended up on its nearside, while the lorry struck a tree before coming to a rest.

The car driver was pronounced dead at the scene, while her passenger suffered slight cuts to her face and was treated at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, but not detained.

“The lorry driver, a 38-year-old man also from the Barnsley area, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving,” said the spokesman. Anyone with information about the crash or the driving of the lorry should ring police on 101 and quote incident 353 of Dec 1.