Man dies while changing wheel in horror smash on A45 between Wellingborough and Northampton
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A 67-year-old man from Northampton has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.
The road was closed for 12 hours following the smash at around 10.25pm, a mile west of Earls Barton.
Crash investigators are appealing for witnesses.
A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said: "A white Vauxhall Astra van was in collision with a silver Volkswagen Golf, which was stationary on the carriageway as the occupants changed the wheel following a puncture.
"As a result of the collision, a 26-year-old man from Cambridgeshire, sustained serious injuries and despite the best efforts of police officers and paramedics, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
"Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have dash-cam footage of the actual collision or either vehicle prior to the incident.
"Anyone with information is asked to call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615 or Northamptonshire Police on 101 quoting reference number 576 of 27/02/22."