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Update: Man taken to hospital with “life-threatening” head injuries after crash at Hethel

PUBLISHED: 12:59 14 March 2014 | UPDATED: 16:30 14 March 2014

Police at the scene of the crash in Hethel.

Police at the scene of the crash in Hethel.


A man in his 20s has been taken to hospital with “life-threatening” head injuries after a crash at Hethel.

Emergency services were called to the crash, between a car and a van, on the B1135 Wymondham Road at about 7.20am today.

Firefighters from Wymondham had to cut a man out of a car following the crash.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said a man in his 20s had suffered “life threatening head injuries” in the crash.

He was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge for treatment. The East Anglian Air Ambulance was also called to the scene.

The ambulance service had sent a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance, a paramedic officer and a land crew to the scene.

Kyle Hampshire-Smith, a paramedic officer, who attended the scene said: “A man suffered life-threatening head injuries after being trapped within the car.

“Emergency services worked hard to extract him before he was sedated and rushed to Addenbrooke’s Hospital by land ambulance for further treatment.”

The road was shut while emergency services attended the scene. It was re-opened at 11.10am.

Emergency services also went to another crash on the B1172 in Hethersett.

That crash, which involved three vehicles, happened at 7.10am.

Firefighters from Hethersett went to the scene, but police said only minor injuries were reported.

The road re-opened at 8.45am.

And at around 8.15am three vehicles crashed on the A47 Acle Straight approaching the Halvergate turn.

A VW and white pick up truck were among the vehicles involved. Police, a fire crew from Gorleston and an ambulance all attended the scene, which left the road blocked.

The road was closed to allow emergency services to deal with the scene. Police reported minor injuries to the people involved.

Traffic queued in both directions and the road was fully reopened by 10.20am.

Many of the county’s roads have been covered in dense fog this morning and police have urged people to turn their lights on, while flights at Norwich International Airport were affected.

Richard Pace, operations director at Norwich International airport, said: “Because of the fog we had three diversions last night so we didn’t have the aircraft here for some of the services today. We had three cancelled flights.”

He said one of these was an inbound BMI flight from Aberdeen, and of the two affected outbound services one operated with a spare aircraft and one went from Stansted.

Norfolk police issued the following advice on travelling in foggy conditions:

If you are having to travel in foggy conditions, it is imperative to use your lights appropriately to increase your visibility on the roads.

Unfortunately, during foggy conditions, there are a number of motorists who do not heed this adivce and drive without any lights, causing a hazard to themselves and other road users in the process

According to law, outlined in the Highway Code you MUST use headlights when visibility is seriously reduced, which generally means when you can not see for more than 100 metres (328 feet). You may also use front or rear fog lights but you MUST switch them off when visibility improves.

Police are also asking motorists driving in vehicles fitted with automatic headlights to double check their headlights are switched on or turn the headlights on manually.

Motorists driving in fog are also advised to:

Keep a safe distance behind the vehicle in front. Rear lights can give a false sense of security.

Be able to pull up well within the distance you can see clearly. This is particularly important on motorways and dual carriageways, as vehicles are travelling faster

Use your windscreen wipers and demisters.

Beware of other drivers not using headlights.

Not accelerate to get away from a vehicle which is too close behind you.

Check your mirrors before you slow down. Then use your brakes so that your brake lights warn drivers behind you that you are slowing down.

Stop in the correct position at a junction with limited visibility and listen for traffic. When you are sure it is safe to emerge, do so positively and do not hesitate in a position that puts you directly in the path of approaching vehicles.

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