BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Eyewitness account of serious crash on Acle straight A47

A MOTORIST described how people rushed to aid injured victims of a serious crash near Great Yarmouth.

Clive Smith was driving to work when a Ford Focus and a 4x4 were involved in a head-on crash on the Acle straight A47.

The 62-year-old, who was only three cars behind when the accident happened, said five people immediately rushed to help the victims, while a woman stood in the pouring rain to direct traffic.

A child and two drivers have been taken to hospital with serious injuries and five people were treated at the scene.

Mr Smith, a plumber from Mile Cross, Norwich, said the accident could have been worse if the lorry in front of him had not stopped in time.

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He said: 'After the accident, one car had gone close to the dyke and the other one had followed it round onto the road.

'People were getting out of their cars and rushing to help them, or parking on the side and using their mobiles.

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'It seemed like sometime before the emergency services arrived, but then I heard the air ambulance come flying over above me.'

The accident took place a mile away from the Vauxhall Holiday Camp at 11am today.

Police reopened the road after it was shut for four and half hours as emergency services dealt with the incident.

The child, who suffered head injuries, and one driver were taken to the James Paget University Hospital. A second person was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said: 'Paramedics assessed and treated five casualties at the scene.'

Meanwhile, motorists faced further delays while a gritter was called to deal with spilt petrol on the road.

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