Update on A146 crash: Woman in her 60s from Norwich area died in collision near Loddon yesterday

Accident emergency services in Loddon. Photo by Simon Finlay. Accident emergency services in Loddon. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Friday, April 18, 2014
3:58 PM

Police have confirmed that a woman in her 60s, from the Norwich area, died in a collision near Loddon yesterday.

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Accident emergency services including the police, ambulance fire and the air ambulance at the fatal road traffic collision on Loddon bypass that happened as the Easter weekend begins. Photo by Simon Finlay.Accident emergency services including the police, ambulance fire and the air ambulance at the fatal road traffic collision on Loddon bypass that happened as the Easter weekend begins. Photo by Simon Finlay.

The woman, who has not been named, was a passenger in a green Vauxhall Corsa that was involved in a crash with a silver Vauxhall Vectra on the A146 near to the High Bungay Road at about 4.40pm.

The Vectra was travelling towards Hales while the Corsa was en route towards Norwich.

A black Vauxhall Vectra was also in collision with the silver Vectra.

The A146 was closed in both directions and diversions put in place while emergency services attended and carried out initial investigations, cleared debris from the carriageway and recovery of the vehicles took place.

Accident emergency services including the police, ambulance fire and the air ambulance at the fatal road traffic collision on Loddon bypass that happened as the Easter weekend begins. Photo by Simon Finlay.Accident emergency services including the police, ambulance fire and the air ambulance at the fatal road traffic collision on Loddon bypass that happened as the Easter weekend begins. Photo by Simon Finlay.

The road was reopened at about 11.30pm.

The occupants of the silver Vectra sustained injuries and were taken to hospital.

A man was taken to Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge with serious chest injuries, a woman was taken to Gorleston’s James Paget Hospital with serious abdominal injuries and another woman, in her 60s, who was driving the Vectra, was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with a broken ankle and bruising.

A woman in her 20s, who was driving the Corsa, was taken to Addenbrooke’s with serious injuries.

Accident emergency services including the police, ambulance fire and the air ambulance at the fatal road traffic collision on Loddon bypass that happened as the Easter weekend begins. Photo by Simon Finlay.Accident emergency services including the police, ambulance fire and the air ambulance at the fatal road traffic collision on Loddon bypass that happened as the Easter weekend begins. Photo by Simon Finlay.

A woman, also in her 20s, in the black Vectra sustained minor bruising.

As reported, an Easter road safety warning was issued to motorists last night, as thousands of holidaymakers head to the county for the Easter break.

Sergeant Simon Atherton, of the Norfolk police control room, said: “We know that there’s a massive increase in traffic to the county over the Easter break, and particularly this bank holiday weekend, and the roads in Norfolk are struggling to deal with that traffic, so it slows the traffic down and people tend to get impatient.

“We would just ask people through the county to slow down and take it easy and go with the traffic flow. It’s frustration and impatience that causes bad driving and crashes.”

He added that police are currently running a speed awareness campaign, which will include additional speed checks this weekend.

The emergency services launched a massive response yesterday following the three-car collision.

A total of 13 paramedic vehicles were sent to the scene, including three air ambulances – two from Norfolk and one from Hertfordshire.

Four crews of firefighters from Norfolk and Suffolk also attended and freed a number of casualties from the wreckage.

The collision happened less than four miles from the spot where Wymondham College student Allister Maguire Buck died less than two months ago.

The 17-year-old from Stockton was on foot when he was struck by a car on the A146 near the junction with Raveningham Road.

Last night, residents of Hales and Loddon gathered at the scene of the latest tragedy on the busy main road.

Amanda Bridge, who lives in Loddon with her husband Alex, said: “It is a horrible thing to happen, especially at Easter weekend. Obviously they will have families waiting for them to come home. It is very sad.”

Josh Howell, who lives in Hales, added: “It is a terrible bit of road. The road where it passes Hales is particularly bad. There is always an accident, almost one a month.”

Police are keen to hear from any witnesses who may have seen the collision or the manner of driving of any of the vehicles. Any witnesses should contact Wymondham Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101.

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