When i read stories such as the one below i always wonder should we give up our driving licence when we reach a certain age? An 89-year-old man has died after he drove the wrong way down a dual carriageway and smashed into a van. Terrified drivers swerved to avoid the Ford Ka, as it sped down on the A12 near Ardleigh in Colchester, Essex, at 8pm last night. Police were scrambled to the scene but discovered the car had already crashed head-on into the Renault van. The elderly motorist was pronounced dead at the scene, while the van driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries. The pensioner was seen driving in the wrong direction near this stretch of the A12 in Essex A spokesman for Essex Police said: 'Police received simultaneous 999 calls reporting a car travelling southbound on the northbound carriageway. 'Police officers were immediately sent to the A12 but prior to their arrival the car, a Ford Ka, had caused several cars to swerve to avoid it, causing minor crashes before it collided with a van.' Police said the elderly man initially collided with a red Renault Megane before ploughing head-on into a Renault Traffic van close to a service station. The pensioner was driving in the wrong direction on the A12 near Ardleigh The 89-year-old is from Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, but he has not been named. The van driver is a 37-year-old man from Ipswich. He was taken to Ipswich Hospital but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. The driver of the Renault Megane, a 26-year-old man from Colchester, also suffered minor injuries but did not go to hospital. Police said all three cars were 'severely damaged' and the busy dual carriageway was closed overnight to discover how the elderly driver managed to get onto the wrong side of the road.