December 8 2013 Latest news:
By Chris Bishop
Sunday, September 22, 2013
A 32-year-old woman died after she was involved in a collision with a minibus near King’s Lynn.
Police said it happened at 11.20pm yesterday, as she was leaving the stock car racing event at the Norfolk Arena.
The woman - who is believed to have been a Dutch national - was involved in a collision with a black Renault Traffic minibus near the stadium, on the Saddlebow Road.
An ambulance and paramedics attended the incident but the woman was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, between the Norfolk Arena and the roundabout where Saddlebow Road meets the A47 southern bypass.
Today police confirmed that the woman was “not from the local area”, but it was not clear when her name might be released.
If senior officers decide there are no suspicious circumstances, the investigation will be handed over to the coroner, who will open an inquest into the woman’s death.
Some 8,000 motorsports fans attended the BriSCA F1 Stock Car World Final at the Norfolk Arena, many of them from overseas. It was the third time in its 59-year history that the track has hosted the event.
Roads around the stadium, were busy with both pedestrians and vehicles when the fatal collision happened, as fans flooded out of the arena to make their way to the campsite in fields alongside Saddlebow Road.
One fan who attended the event posted on an online stock car forum: “The night ends with sadness someone has been knocked down by a vehicle in the road outside and nobody can get out of the car park.”
Another poster who was at the meeting added: “Tragic news, when (we) got past it did not look good. We came out top exit and there was a guy in obvious distress being comforted, sadly it looked as though they had a child in a buggy with them.”
This afternoon, administrators on the Stoxnet internet fans’ forum suspended voting for the best driver at the event.
“We are shocked and saddened by the news that a fan lost her life in a tragic accident outside the stadium after the meeting,” posted one.
“We are sure that we speak for the entire F1 stock car community when we say that our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of those involved.”
Another poster added: “Tragic and very sad end to the day, no-one should go to a Stock car event and lose their life.”
Anyone who saw the crash should call Norfolk police’s serious collision investigation team on 101.