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Man in his 20s dies after crash that closed road for 12 hours

PUBLISHED: 14:34 03 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:35 04 October 2018

The A1066 has been closed for more than 12 hours following a serious crash with traffic divered via East Harling and the A11. Picture: Simon Parkin

The A1066 has been closed for more than 12 hours following a serious crash with traffic divered via East Harling and the A11. Picture: Simon Parkin

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A man has died from injuries suffered in a crash between two cars that closed a major Norfolk road for more than 12 hours.

Emergency services were called just after 8pm on Tuesday after an Audi TT was in collision with a Ford Fiesta on the A1066 at the junction with Brettenham Road in Shadwell

The driver of the Fiesta – a man in his 20s – was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital with life threatening injuries. He died at Addenbrooke’s Hospital earlier today.

The Audi driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Three fire crews from Watton and Diss assisted the ambulance service.

Police remained at the scene until lunchtime on Wednesday carrying out a fingertip search of the road and roadside.

The normal busy road remained closed with blocks on traffic at roundabout junction with the A1088 at Thetford and at Garboldisham before reopening at 1.10pm.

Police carrying out a search on the A1066  between Diss and Thetford which has been closed for more than 12 hours following a serious crash. Picture: Simon ParkinPolice carrying out a search on the A1066 between Diss and Thetford which has been closed for more than 12 hours following a serious crash. Picture: Simon Parkin

Traffic had to diverted on the B111 through East Harling and on to the A11 to Thetford. The alternative route has been signed posted along its length.

The A1066 main Thetford to Diss road runs through rural land and forest with long stretches of straight single land carriageway.

The accident happened close to the entrance to the Shadwell Estate, the UK base for one of the best regarded horse bloodstock operations in the world.

Police at the A1066  between Diss and Thetford which has been closed for more than 12 hours following a serious crash. Picture: Simon ParkinPolice at the A1066 between Diss and Thetford which has been closed for more than 12 hours following a serious crash. Picture: Simon Parkin

Police are appealing for witnesses and would like to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or the manner of driving of either vehicle before the collision.

They are also keen to hear from the driver of a small red car that is believed to have been at the scene of the collision between 7.30pm and 8pm yesterday.

• Anyone with information or dashcam footage should contact PC Shane Schucroft at Wymondham Roads and Armed Police Team on 101 or email: schucrofts@norfolk.pnn.police.uk.

Police carrying out a search on the A1066 between Diss and Thetford which has been closed for more than 12 hours following a serious crash. Picture: Simon ParkinPolice carrying out a search on the A1066 between Diss and Thetford which has been closed for more than 12 hours following a serious crash. Picture: Simon Parkin

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