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Motorist arrested at scene after three people killed in head-on smash

Wreckage: The silver car
and pick-up truck (below) are
loaded on to lorries

THREE people have died after their car collided head-on with a vehicle that was being driven on the wrong side of the road.

Police believe the driver could have been under the influence of drink or drugs during the crash in Peterborough in the early hours of Sunday.

The accident happened on a slip road to Stanground from Fletton Parkway shortly after midnight.

Officers who rushed to the scene arrested a man on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs, and of causing death by dangerous driving.

The suspect was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

Cambridgeshire Police said: ‘One vehicle had driven down the slip road the wrong way and collided head-on with another vehicle, killing all three occupants.’ Pictures from the scene showed a severely crushed small silver car with part of the front end missing and a dark pick-up truck with a smashed bonnet and windscreen.

Liz Groom, the chairwoman of Cambridgeshire Police Federation, said it was ‘such sad news’. ‘Thoughts with the families of those who have died,’ she tweeted.

‘Also with the officers and other emergency service colleagues who attended the incident and delivered the terrible messages to loved ones. One of the hardest & most difficult parts of our job that you never forget.’ A stretch of the westbound A road was closed and reopened later.

Any witnesses or anyone with information on the collision is asked to contact police on 101.