Man fighting for his life following crash on South Quay, Great Yarmouth

The East of England air ambulance landed at Great Yarmouth docks. Picture by reader Neil Waller /Twitter @PilotNeil The East of England air ambulance landed at Great Yarmouth docks. Picture by reader Neil Waller /Twitter @PilotNeil

Monday, December 2, 2013
2:53 PM

A man has been taken to the James Paget University Hospital with life-threatening injuries following a crash on South Quay in Great Yarmouth.

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The man, believed to be in his 40s, was airlifted to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston after suffering serious injuries in a collision in Southgates Road at 12.40pm.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said the man was in a “life-threatening” condition.

As well as the East of England air ambulance, two rapid response vehicles, an ambulance and BASICS doctor were sent to the scene at the junctions with South Quay.

Two fire crews from Great Yarmouth and police also attended.

A spokesman for Norfolk police confirmed two vehicles were involved in the crash, but would not confirm what kind.

Southgates Road, running alongside the River Yare dockside of Yarmouth, is a predominately industrial area with a number of businesses backing on to the water.

Eye-witnesses described the scene as “horrific”. Jessie Jayne Penn, commenting on Facebook, said: “Saw this crash, so bad. It was horrific. Right near my house. The car was in a pretty bad state.”

Another commenter, Emma L-j, said: “No accident on South Quay should cause this kind of injury. It is a max 30? What happened??”

The ambulance spokesman could not confirm how the collision occurred, but said: “There was one casualty, a male believed to be in his 40s. He has been taken to the James Paget University Hospital with life-threatening injuries,” she said.

Southgates Road was closed between Newcastle Road and Selby Place for more than an hour following the crash.

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said: “Two appliances from Great Yarmouth assisted police and ambulance at a road traffic collision on South Quay junction with Southgates Road. Crews carried out casualty care and scene safety.”

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