Update: Businesses getting back to normal after fatal crash in Halesworth
11:24 21 February 2014
Police are continuing with their enquiries and appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle collision in Halesworth yesterday where a man died.
Police were called at about 3.10pm following reports that a blue Volvo had collided with a property in Bridge Street, near to The Thoroughfare.
Fire crews and the ambulance service were also called to the scene but the single occupant of the car, a man aged in his eighties, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Valerie Large, who runs Valerie’s clothing store, which is part of the former Hawk Inn building which was hit by the car, has been unable to open her business this morning.
She said: “The building is made up of four units. The end of the building where the car hit is residential.
“My shop has got minimal damage but the effects of the bang has put my door out of alignment and there are a few minor cracks.
“I won’t be able to open today but I have just put a sign up telling people I will be open tomorrow from 10am to 4pm.
“It’s a bit disappointing because it is half term and it’s a nice day but it’s nothing when you think about what has happened.”
Mrs Large was not in her shop at the time of the crash.
She said: “I live just around the corner and my neighbours and I all heard this huge bang and crash, but had no clue what it was.
“It would have been very traumatic if someone was in the shop. Luckily I am closed on Thursdays.
“The other lucky thing was that if it wasn’t half term there would have been lots of mums with their buggies and children around there on the way back from school.”
A structural engineer was called to the scene yesterday and remained at the site until 9.30pm assessing the damage and making the building safe.
It is understood that there were no reports of people being injured within the other properties.
Staff at Moutters Hair Design, based behind the former Hawk Inn building, were forced to close up early yesterday and evacuate.
A hair stylist from Moutters, who did not wish to be named, said: “We were all inside so we didn’t actually see anything. All we heard was a loud bang.
“We had to shut up and cancel our clients for the rest of the day, but people were really understanding.
“We stayed inside until we had called our clients and then we were escorted out by police when we were all ready to go so we didn’t see anything.”
Moutters reopened this morning as usual and owner Claire Aldous said the building is safe for the general public.
She said: “Our thoughts go out to the poor gentleman and his family.
“The emergency services were fantastic. They arrived very quickly and got things under control.
“There were a lot of people in the area who were being very thoughtful.”
Bridge Street was closed in both directions for several hours, but reopened last night at about 10pm.
Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the vehicle which came from the direction of Quay Street and New Cut in Halesworth.
Calls should be made to PC Jon Doran at the Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit on 101.