Sandgate: Women pedestrians hit as driver dies at wheel

Sandgate crash scene
Image caption The women were knocked over the esplanade wall on to the beach at Sandgate

Two women pedestrians have been seriously injured after being hit by a car on a Kent esplanade and knocked over a wall on to the beach below.

The driver of the car, a man in his 50s, is believed to have been taken ill at the wheel before the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident happened in Sandgate, near Folkestone, at 09:40 GMT.

Both women were taken to hospital. The A259 was closed while accident investigations were carried out.

One of the pedestrians was flown to King's College Hospital in south London with suspected head and leg injuries. She is said to be in a critical condition.

The other woman was taken to William Harvey Hospital in Ashford with suspected fractures and is in a serious condition.

Kent Police have asked any witnesses who have not yet spoken to officers to come forward.