UPDATE FRIDAY 6PM: An inquest is planned to open on New Year’s Eve (Monday) into the tragic death of sisters Jessica, seven, and Tamzin Portor, 10.
Chief Insp Chris Spinks, head of road policing in Norfolk and Suffolk, confirmed that the accident happened when the girls and their brother were on a visit to their father and his partner who live in Norfolk and were apparently heading to Wisbech.
He said: “The car was travelling towards Wisbech when for reasons unknown it left the road and overturned, coming to rest on its side.
“At this stage we don’t think that any other vehicle was involved.
“We don’t think the car had contact with any other vehicle, but we cannot rule it out completely until we have gone over the car thoroughly to check.
“We will also be checking the car for any mechanical faults. Hopefully we will find evidence to reconstruct what happened, but we need to speak to witnesses.
“There is no suggestion of excessive speed. If the car had come off the road at 60mph, it would have travelled a long way. We want to get to the bottom of it.”
Yesterday, grandparents on the children’s father’s side were too upset to speak.
UPDATE FRIDAY 4PM: Two young girls who died after their car overturned on the A47 near Wisbech have been named locally as Tamzin and Jessica. The sisters from Sutton Bridge were travelling in a black Ford Focus with their brother Liam, their father and a 43-year-old woman when it ran off the road, overturned several times and ended up next to a ditch in Walsoken yesterday.
FRIDAY 2.30PM: An inquest will open on Monday in to the death of two young girls who died after their overturned on the A47 near Wisbech just after Christmas.
The seven and ten-year-old sisters, thought to be from Sutton Bridge, suffered fatal head injuries when the car they were in left the road at Walsoken and rolled over several times before ending up next to a ditch.
They were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, along with three other passengers, a 38-year-old man, 43-year-old woman and a 12-year-boy, who all suffered minor injuries.
Both adults from West Norfolk and the boy, also thought to be from Sutton Bridge, were released from hospital earlier today.
The girls won’t be named until Norfolk Coroner William Armstrong opens the inquest in Norwich on Monday at 12.30pm.
FRIDAY 12.30PM: Two young girls, aged seven and ten, have died after the car they were in overturned and ended up near a ditch in Norfolk.
The sisters, believed to be from Sutton Bridge, were traveliing in a black Ford Focus with three other people when the car left the road, rolled on its side and stopped at the edge of a drainage ditch on the A47 bypass at Walsoken, near Wisbech.
The accident happened at about 6.40pm yesterday and the two girls were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, with serious head injuries but died later.
Their brother (12), father (38) and the 43-year-old woman driver, who was not their mother, suffered minor injuries and are expected to be released from hospital later today.
The car was travelling towards Wisbech when it left the road which was closed in both directions for several hours and finally re-opened just before 10.30pm last night.
Police are investigating why the accident happened and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.
Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of road policing in Norfolk, said: “Fatal collisions are tragic in any circumstances but given the fact that two young lives have been lost at this time of year seems to make it that much worse.”
Anyone with information should call Sergeant Peter Howlett at Swaffham Roads Policing on 101.