Driver and passenger killed in A47 crash

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A First Eastern Counties driver and passenger have died in a serious collision between a double-decker bus and a lorry on the A47 between Guyhirn and Thorney.

The bus, which was operating on the Excel X1 service between Peterborough and Norwich, collided with the lorry as it left the depot of haulage firm Bretts Transport. The driver of the lorry was questioned, but not arrested.

The bus driver was named as Michael Elcomb, 45, of Swaffham. The passenger who died at the scene was Brian Chapman, 76, of Kettering. A further 17 people were injured in the accident.

First Eastern Counties Managing Director, Steve Wickers, said: “Two people have lost their lives in this incident, one being a driver based in our King’s Lynn depot.

“I am shocked and saddened by what has happened. Our thoughts are with the families of the deceased and we will be providing as much support to them as we can through this difficult time.”