One of the drivers killed in a two-car crash on the A449 in Ombersley has been named locally as father-of-two James Duffy.

The 37-year-old had just started a new job as a pub chef and was on his way home last Wednesday night (March 2) when he was involved in a head-on collision with another car.

Both Mr Duffy and the driver of the other car were pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Duffy’s sister, Fiona Hall, has set up a GoFundMe page to “help give James the funeral he deserves”.

She said: “As some of you may know on March 2, 2022 we lost my beloved brother in a horrific car accident, leaving all of our hearts completely shattered.

“He was a funny and loving man who lived life to the fullest. He was very adventurous and loved anything that involved outdoors or a challenge.

“He was an amazing dad to his nine-year-old son Jackson and to his step-son Cameron.

“We are raising money to give him the funeral he deserves. Anyone that knew James will know how he lit up whatever room he was in and he will be truly truly missed.

“Any donation no matter how big or small will be very appreciated.”

Police appeal for witnesses to A449 crash

At the time of writing, the fundraiser has already surpassed its initial target of £5,000. If you’d like to donate visit

West Mercia Police are still appealing for witnesses to the crash to come forward.

The force said in a statement: "While the investigation is ongoing, officers believe that one of the cars, a white Ford Mondeo, was travelling in the wrong direction and will have joined the A449 after taking the incorrect slip road and collided with an oncoming car, a black Vauxhall Astra.

"We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision and anyone who may have dash-cam footage that can help with our investigation.

"Our thoughts are with both families of the victims at what will be terribly sad time for everyone and next of kin of both victims have been notified.

"If you have any information that can help with our enquiries please call 101 or report it online quoting incident number 588i of 2 March 2022."