Not the first accident on this stretch of the A5

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A pensioner from Weedon has died after being involved in a car crash where a van smashed into the front of a village pub.

Kenneth Kirkpatrick, 80, of Oak Street in Upper Weedon, was travelling northbound along the A5 in a silver Mercedes on Friday.

He was involved in a collision with a white Volkswagen LT35 van, travelling in the opposite direction at Fosters Booth at around 1pm.

As a result of the crash, the van hit the porch of the Red Lion pub and began leaking diesel.

Mr Kirkpatrick was taken to the Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, where he died in the critical care unit at 5.45pm on Saturday.

The male driver of the van, from Stacey Bushes in Milton Keynes, was uninjured.

Paul Howard, who lives near to the pub, said: “I heard a big bang and went outside to see what it was. The van had crashed into the pub and totally destroyed the porch.

“The car and van were badly smashed up in the accident and there was a lot of damage to the front of the pub.

“The van driver and passenger were stunned with shock. Their hands were shaking.”

The A5 was closed between Weedon and Towcester for around four hours after the smash while the emegency services cleaned the fuel spillage.

The pub porch was severely damaged in the incident.

A police spokesman said: “The collision caused significant disruption on the roads in the vicinity of the A5 at Fosters Booth on Friday afternoon.”

Witnesses or anyone with information can call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615.