Breckland councillor speaks out after woman dies in car crash at “dangerous” junction on A11


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A councillor has spoken of the danger posed to drivers by a 'difficult junction' on the A11 at which a woman died in a car crash.

A woman in her 80s has died at the scene of a car crash on the A11.

The crash between a red Peugeot and a grey BMW happened five miles out of Thetford, at Bridgham on the southbound carriageway at 6pm last night. The driver of the second car was unhurt.

Breckland councillor for Bridgham Ellen Jolly said she was 'very sorry' to hear of the woman's death.

Mrs Jolly said the junction at which the crash happened, with High Bridgham Road, was 'dangerous' but did not class it as an accident blackspot.

'It is obviously a junction that has to be treated with care, because there is fast-moving traffic and vehicles wanting to turn into High Bridgham Road and off the A11.

'I think in some ways it is so dangerous that people are very careful there. I do know people who will not use the junction and will find other ways around.

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'It is a useful link road and is well used – the alternative is to go all the way to Harling, which adds at least five or six miles to your journey.

'But in the time I've been here, which is many years, I have never known such an accident.'

Three fire engines, two from Thetford and one from East Harling, were called to the scene, to assist police and ambulance crews.

Firefighters remained on the scene until 9pm and police were on scene late into the night. Traffic was diverted while the emergency services carried out their work.

Today, police appealed for witnesses to the crash.

Anyone who saw it, or the manner of driving of either care beforehand, should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Norfolk Constabulary on 101.