Coast Road between Cley and Salthouse could remain shut for 10 more days after USAF helicopter crash

USAF Helicopter crash at Cley. The bodies are transported by private ambulance.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY USAF Helicopter crash at Cley. The bodies are transported by private ambulance. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Friday, January 10, 2014
1:26 PM

The A149 Coast Road between Cley and Salthouse could be closed for another 10 days after an RAF Lakenheath helicopter crashed on marshland killing all four air crew.

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It is expected to be inaccessible between the Dun Cow pub in Salthouse and Old Woman’s Lane just outside of Cley until the early morning of Monday January 20.

A Norfolk police spokesman said: “As military personnel continue their work at the site of the helicopter crash, Norfolk Constabulary will offer support in the form of a police cordon around the scene and a road closure on the A149 from Salthouse to Old Woman’s Lane.

“We would like to thank the local community and anyone wishing to use the marshlands for their patience and understanding in dealing with this local disruption.”

Residents and visitors can travel into Cley by using the Bard Hill road in Salthouse, turning right onto Wood Lane and going down Old Woman’s Lane onto the A149.

The roads into Cley from Holt and Blakeney are not blocked to motorists and businesses in the village remain open. The A149 in Salthouse from Kelling also remains open.

A tweet from Norfolk Wildlife Trust said today: “Both the reserve and the visitor centre will be closed up to and including Sunday 19 January as investigation continues.”

4 comments

  • Would be helpful if the EDP could publish alternative routes.

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    gerry mitson

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • For some reason my comment was deemed by the EDP to be offensive! So at the risk of offending some other sensitive soul I will repost it. Comment: I can understand why they want to keep the crash scene cordoned off but could do this by closing the beach roads at Cley and Salthouse and the footpath down Cley East Bank. Don't understand why they need to close the entire road.

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    Betty Swallocks

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • This road closure is totally unnecessary. I could understand it if any of the wreckage was on the carriageway but it is isn’t and the road is closed purely for the convenience of the US air force. I assume that Norfolk police will be billing the US forces for the manpower involved?

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    Norfolk John

    Friday, January 10, 2014

  • No need to close the road . Police action over the top . American military appear to be controlling the situation .

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    dragonfly

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

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