A17 crash: Tributes paid to Laura Pesterfield who was killed in Terrington St Clement accident

Scene of the fatal accident on the A17 at Terrington St Clement. Picture: Matthew Usher

Scene of the fatal accident on the A17 at Terrington St Clement. Picture: Matthew Usher - Credit: Archant

A woman killed on the A17 at Terrington St Clement yesterday has been named locally as Laura Pesterfield. Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash in which two boys were seriously injured.

Scene of the crash at Terrington St Clement. Picture: Submitted

Scene of the crash at Terrington St Clement. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

The two boys, believed to be her nephews, were taken to Addenbrooke's hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Miss Pesterfield, who was in her 20s and from Boston in Lincolnshire, is believed to have been driving the car, which contained Christmas presents, when it crashed with a lorry, just before 2pm yesterday at a junction.

She was pronounced dead at the scene. A Facebook page for people to leave tributes has been set up here.

Emergency services were called at around 2pm to the A17 junction with Station Road.

The crash involved a silver Vauxhall Astra, which was travelling on Station Road towards the junction of the A17, and a white Mercedes HGV lorry, which was travelling along the A17 in the direction of King's Lynn.

The driver of the lorry was uninjured and the road re-opened at around 7.30pm.

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Meanwhile, a petition has been set up calling for a roundabout to be built at the site where yesterday's accident happened.

The Change.org petition already had more than 2,400 signatures by Tuesday lunchtime.

It was set up by Nic Skinner, who said: 'I have got to ask myself just how many lives does it take before any action is taken.

'I just want the council to wake up.

'I just want to get as many signatures as possible and demand to see the person who can change it.

'There are accidents there nearly every week but no one hears about them until someone dies.'

'We just feel for the family'

Community leaders have spoken of their sorrow and firefighters told of the harrowing scene at the tragedy, as paramedics battled to save the lives of the two boys, believed to be aged five and eight.

One of the boys was put into an induced coma and airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital, in Cambridge.

The car they had been travelling in had contained a Christmas tree and presents.

Norfolk police have not revealed their relationship to the woman who died.

The crash happened in wet conditions. An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said two land ambulance crews, the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Norfolk Accident Rescue Service were present.

Fire crews from King's Lynn, West Walton and Wisbech were sent to the scene.

Tony White, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service station manager at King's Lynn, said: 'When our initial commander Andy Littler arrived at the scene, his words were that it was 'total chaos'.

'Members of the public had assisted and taken the children out of the vehicle.'

Fifteen firefighters attended and made the scene safe, cordoning it off, so paramedics could carry out their crucial efforts to save the children.

Mr White said: 'It was a case of us trying to help the paramedics and to keep members of the public away. And we helped to get one of the young boys into the ambulance.

'We just feel for the family. It's a horrible thing to happen at this time of year.'

With Norfolk's roads busy over the Christmas period, Mr White urged drivers to take extra care.

Steven Phelps, vice-chairman of Terrington St Clement parish council, said: 'It's such a tragic loss of a young person's life. It seems worse at this time of year, so close to Christmas, when people are driving home for the holidays.'

His thoughts were echoed by Sheryl Thompson, a former chairman of the council, who lives in the village.

She said: 'It's a tragedy at any time but even more so now, with just days to go before Christmas, when everyone is thinking about getting together with loved ones.

'Our thoughts go out to the victim's family and friends.'

Parish councillor Dave Shepperson warned how dangerous the area around the Station Road junction was.

He said: 'We have had various meetings with highways to try to make that junction safer, but were always told there had not been enough accidents there to warrant making improvements. It's a dangerous junction.'

In October 2014, motorcyclist Steven Moulton died after his bike was involved in a crash with a car at the same spot.

After an inquest into his death earlier this month, Norfolk coroner Jacqueline Lake said she would be making a request to the Highways Agency to ensure the speed limit at the stretch of road was clarified, although she said that speed was not a factor in the crash.

•Witnesses should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Wymondham 101.