Husband who died next to wife in head-on crash with police van ‘may have fallen asleep’ at wheel


The crash happened on the A4058 road -Credit:Wales Online

A husband who died alongside his wife in a head-on crash with a police van may have briefly fallen asleep at the wheel before the fatal collision, an inquest heard on Wednesday.

In the early hours of December 9 last year, John Jackson, 60, drove from Bwlchgwyn, Wrexham in North Wales, to RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire with his daughter Ffion to pick up his wife Nerys, 57, who had been working abroad. The family were returning home on the same morning when the fatal crash occurred on the A458 in Morville Heath, Shropshire, at around 10.15am.

Mr Jackson’s Skoda Octavia failed to negotiate a bend in the road and collided with an oncoming West Mercia Police Ford Transit crime scene investigation van, which was being driven by Bethan Davis, an inquest at Shropshire Coroners Court[1] heard today.