Man in life-threatening condition after car crashes into ditch

Man in life-threatening condition after car crashes into ditch

One man was in a critical condition after a car crashed into a water-filled ditch on the A143 at Haddiscoe, near Beccles.

A spokesman for East of England Ambulance Service said one man in a critical condition was airlifted to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for further treatment.

Another man was taken to James Paget Hospital, Gorleston, with minor injuries.

Two ambulance crews, a rapid response vehicle, ambulance officer, East Anglian Air Ambulance, and a doctor from Suffolk Accident Rescue attended.

Crews used a winch and enhanced hydraulic rescue equipment to release the two people.

The road was closed for a number of hours and firefighters were stood down at 8.40pm, although one fire engine was still at the scene at 9.30pm.

A number of accidents have occurred on the Haddiscoe bends area of the road between the village and St Olaves, including a lorry skidding into a ditch in February.

And on July 14, 2014 Marcus Nichols, 23, was killed when his motorcycle was involved in a collision with two cars.

Bill Cooper, church warden for Thorpe next Haddiscoe, said he believes drivers misjudge the bends on the road.

He said: “There have been so many accidents along the road.

“I think a lot of it is down to the bends and with people not knowing how to take them so they ended up going too fast.

“Drivers don’t understand the road. It’s not a good road for speed with the bends.

“A lot of it is speed and frustration because a lot of tractors use the road.”

South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon said the A143 is a road drivers need to take care on.

He said: “I know the road well as I spent a lot of time on it during the General Election.

“It is a hazardous, tricky and very bendy and is the sort of road where people need to take considerable care.”

This news story was provided by Great Yarmouth Mercury

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