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One dead and six injured in Langham road crash

PUBLISHED: 15:55 12 April 2010 | UPDATED: 09:37 02 July 2010

Chris Hill

A man was killed and another six people were injured in a road crash involving two cars and a motorcycle at Langham, near Holt, this afternoon.

Emergency rescue teams and paramedics, including both of the East Anglian Air Ambulance helicopters, were called after a head-on collision between two cars on the B1156, which also involved a motorcycle carrying two people.

A man was killed and another six people were injured in a road crash involving two cars and a motorcycle at Langham, near Holt, this afternoon.

Emergency rescue teams and paramedics, including both of the East Anglian Air Ambulance helicopters, were called after a head-on collision between two cars on the B1156, which also involved a motorcycle carrying two people.

An ambulance service spokesman confirmed that a man, who was inside one of the cars, died at the scene. The dead man is believed to have been in his 60s or 70s.

Meanwhile, two people in the other car - a female driver and her male passenger - suffered “moderate to severe injuries” and were airlifted to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, respectively.

Four more casualties were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn to be treated for minor injuries, including the male motorcyclist and his female pillion passenger.

A spokesman for the East Anglian Air Ambulance said: “Two vehicles collided head on, with a motorcycle also involved. The driver of one of the cars, a male in his 60s or 70s, was unfortunately deceased on scene.

“The rear seat passenger of the other car had suffered serious head injuries so he was anaesthetised on scene and flown to Addenbrooke's Hospital by Anglia Two.

“Anglia One's crew of critical care paramedics Andy Downes, Ben Caine and pilot Steve O'Brien attended to the female driver of the other car. She was 19 years old and was trapped in the vehicle for about 70 minutes. When she was extricated, she had suspected chest, abdominal and pelvic injuries. She was flown to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.”

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said: “It was very, very serious incident and sadly one man who was in one of the cars has died at the scene. Our hearts go out to his family.

“The two time-critical patients were both in the same vehicle and were taken to hospital by air ambulance.”

Emergency teams, including a paramedic and a consultant from emergency medical charity Magpas, arrived on the crash scene shortly after 2pm to find a total of seven casualties, with both car drivers trapped in their vehicles.

Five fire crews used hydraulic rescue equipment to free the trapped motorists and passengers, with the last casualty pulled clear at 3.24pm.

A spokesman for the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service said: “We were informed that this was a road traffic collision involving seven casualties who had to be extricated. Appliances were sent from Holt, Sheringham and Fakenham but, due to the number of casualties involved, further appliances were also sent from Fakenham and Cromer and two air ambulances were also at the scene to take the casualties to hospital.”

The accident happened about 100 yards to the east of Langham. The B1156 Holt Road was closed in both directions from the crossroads at Langham village.

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