Floral tributes left on A146 at Loddon where woman died in crash

Accident emergency services in Loddon. Photo by Simon Finlay. Accident emergency services in Loddon. Photo by Simon Finlay.

David Bale and Anthony Carroll david.bale2@archant.co.uk
Saturday, April 19, 2014
10:54 AM

Floral tributes have been left on the A146 at Loddon where a woman in her 60s died on Thursday.

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The woman, who is from the Norwich area but has not been named, was a passenger in a green Vauxhall Corsa that was involved in a crash with a silver Vauxhall Vectra near to the High Bungay Road at about 4.40pm.

The Vectra was travelling towards Hales while the Corsa was en route towards Norwich. A black Vauxhall Vectra was also in collision with the silver Vectra. The A146 was closed in both directions but reopened at about 11.30pm.

The crash has led to renewed pleas to improve road safety in Loddon by building a roundabout on the main road to slow down traffic.

There are outline plans for a roundabout to be built at the George Lane junction as part of a development scheme to build 200 homes- but only once 125 homes are built.

However, people in Loddon want the roundabout to go-ahead anyway without the need for the homes to be built. Sarah Morris, vice-chairman of the parish council, said: “All over the village there are a lot of people who are concerned and understandably upset by what happened. Obviously our thoughts are with the people involved in the crash and their families.

“The A146 is extremely busy and seems to have a high percentage of accidents on it. If there was a roundabout it would slow the traffic down as motorists approach it.”

Kieron Gray, 57, who has lived in Loddon since 2000, said that building the roundabout would make it easier for residents to access the A146.

He said: “The A146 is becoming a nightmare. There is a speed camera and a 60mph limit but once drivers are past the camera, they just put their foot down. Something needs to be or accidents will just keep happening.”

The occupants of the silver Vectra sustained injuries and were taken to hospital. A man who was taken to Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge with serious chest injuries, was described last night as “serious but stable”. A woman taken to Gorleston’s James Paget Hospital with serious abdominal injuries was also “serious but stable” last night. Another woman, in her 60s, who was driving the Vectra, was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with a broken ankle and bruising, but was due for release last night. A woman in her 20s, who was driving the Corsa, was taken to Addenbrooke’s with serious injuries. She was described last night as “serious but stable”. Another woman, also in her 20s, in the black Vectra sustained minor bruising.

Witnesses to the collision should call Wymondham serious collision investigation team on 101.

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