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Family tribute to wife, mum and grandmother, 79, killed in A16 crash near Peterborough

‘She wore many different hats during her life including working for the American air force at Mildenhall’

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The family of a woman who died in a two-vehicle crash on the A16 near Peterborough have paid tribute to her. Eleanor Joy Williamson, 79, was the passenger in a silver Kia Sorento that was in collision with a silver Ford Fiesta travelling in the opposite direction.

The Sorento was travelling westbound on the A16 between Peterborough and Crowland when the crash happened at about 6.10pm on Friday (24 November).

Eleanor was pronounced dead at the scene.

In a statement, her family said: “Joy, as she was known to one and all, leaves her husband of 57 years, three children and six grandchildren.

“She wore many different hats during her life, working for the American air force at Mildenhall and had been involved for many years in education in the Barnsley area.

“Joy was also active in the equestrian world and was a member of a number of brass bands.

Joy, as she was known to one and all, leaves her husband of 57 years, three children and six grandchildren.

Joy, as she was known to one and all, leaves her husband of 57 years, three children and six grandchildren.

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“In retirement, she took up photography at a competitive level and was always active and delighted in supporting her family in their education, hobbies, and employment. She also loved travel and driving.”

The driver of the Sorento, a 79-year-old woman from the Spalding area, in Lincolnshire, suffered serious injuries and was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham, where she remains in a serious but stable condition.

The driver of the silver Fiesta, a 33-year-old man from Sawtry, was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, suffering from serious injuries and remains there in a critical condition.

Anyone who saw the crash or has dashcam footage of either vehicle in the build-up to it, should report it through the force website using reference CC-24112023-0372.

Anyone without internet access should call 101.

Eleanor lived at Silkstone Common, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire.

 

 

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