Officers investigating Royston fire engine crash tragedy in which Mitchell Bailey died appeal for potential witnesses to come forward

Mitchell Bailey.

Mitchell Bailey. - Credit: Archant

Officers investigating the fire engine crash that killed a pedestrian in Royston have today appealed for two possible witnesses to come forward.

It’s just over a month since the tragedy at the Old North Road roundabout, in which a fire engine responding to an emergency call somehow lost control while making a right-hand turn into Burns Road, and overturned.

The engine collided with Royston family man and school governor Mitchell Bailey, 58, who sadly died from his injuries.

As part of their continued enquiries in the incident – which happened at about 8.45pm on Wednesday, January 18 – police are looking to trace two more people who are thought to have been in the area at the time and who may have witnessed the crash.

The first is a man who identified himself at the scene as a retired paramedic, before using a female witness’ phone to speak to ambulance control.

The second is a man aged about 50 to 60 years old, who had a distinctive full beard and glasses. He wore a dark hat, dark trousers and gloves – and had a two-tone coat with dark sleeves, a dark top and a lighter body.

PC Jackie Lister, from the Beds, Cambs and Herts Forensic Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Our thoughts very much remain with Mr Bailey’s family and friends at what continues to be a difficult time.

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“Extensive enquiries into the incident are continuing and as part of that we are appealing for these two people to come forward as soon as possible as they may have information which could assist with our investigation. If this is you, please call us.

“We are also keen to hear from anyone else who may have information about what happened and hasn’t yet spoken to police.”

Anyone with information should contact the BCH Forensic Collision Investigation Unit via the non-emergency number 101, quoting ISR 771 of January 18.