Witness appeal after cyclist dies on A140 at Marsham

Site of the fatal RTA on the A140 at Marsham. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Site of the fatal RTA on the A140 at Marsham. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Monday, December 2, 2013
1:32 PM

Police are appealing for witnesses after a male cyclist was killed on the A140 at Marsham yesterday.

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The crash near Aylsham involved a silver Ford Focus and a grey Volkswagen Jetta and happened close to the Plough Inn at about 2.55pm.

A Norfolk police spokesman said the bike and Volkswagen were travelling towards Norwich and the Ford Focus was travelling towards Aylsham.

It is understood that staff in the nearby Plough Inn telephoned the police and customers, including a firefighter and a doctor, went to help at the crash scene.

Roger Stock, owner of the Plough, said: “We did what we could and that was talk to the ambulance staff. There were several customers who could help and a couple of them were medically trained.”

The road, just south of Aylsham, was blocked in both directions around Marsham, near the Fengate junction, following the crash until about 8.30pm.

A neighbour said he was inside his home when the accident happened but his wife heard a bang.

He said at one point there were four police cars, two fire engines, an ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and an East Anglian Air Ambulance vehicle.

Part-time teacher Kate Ross, 36, who lives close to the Plough, had driven past the cyclist on the road before the crash happened.

She said he was wearing a helmet, high visibility clothing and had lights on his bike and looked like he knew what he was doing.

“This road for cyclists really dangerous. I wouldn’t cycle on it. I saw a car veer across the road and hit a lamp post. The amount of accidents on the A140 is not a surprise anymore.”

The part of road the cyclist was riding on was just beyond a cycle path.

Ian Graham, Broadland district councillor for Aylsham, said: “You do get a lot of traffic on that road and it is a 50mph speed limit but a lot of traffic, especially from Aylsham, does not obey the speed limit. Speeding is not unusual there.”

He did not think much more could be done to improve the safety on the A140 at Marsham and did not believe the area where the crash happened was an “accident blackspot”.

A man who was driving the Ford Focus was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University hospital for treatment to minor injuries.

The East of England Ambulance Service sent a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance, an ambulance officer, and critical care medics from the East Anglian Air Ambulance in their response car.

Any witnesses should call the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Wymondham on 101.

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