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Car plunges down cliff; mum in hospital

PUBLISHED: 19:19 04 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:57 22 October 2010

Police in and around the car park on Gorleston Cliffs from where a VW Golf plummeted onto the seafront esplanande.

Police in and around the car park on Gorleston Cliffs from where a VW Golf plummeted onto the seafront esplanande.

A mother-of-two was in intensive care today after her car plunged down the cliff at Gorleston, crashing onto its roof on the promenade below.

A mother-of-two was in intensive care today after her car plunged down the cliff at Gorleston, crashing onto its roof on the promenade below.

Horrified dogwalkers looked on as the four-year-old Volkswagen Golf bounced down the slope from the car park at the end of Marine Parade shortly after 9am.

Police appealed for witnesses to solve the mystery as to why the 36-year-old woman from St Albans had apparently driven off the cliff, several yards back from the edge of the car park.

The area was cordoned off for several hours while accident investigators tried to piece together what happened.

Four fire appliances, three from Yarmouth and one from Gorleston, were called to the accident, under the command of watch manager Alan Jaye.

He said after establishing there were no children trapped in the car as well, their first intention had been to undertake a controlled rollover. However, when the paramedic raised concerns over the driver's condition, it was decided to use cutting equipment to get her out quickly.

The woman, whose children are aged eight and five, is believed to have been visiting friends or relatives locally. She was taken to James Paget Hospital, Gorleston, where her condition tonight was described as “stable”.

Coastguards had also mobilised their Gorleston team to the scene to assist the initial operation.

Witnesses should contact PC Jamie Hutchin at eastern area road policing on 0845 456 4567.

t It is the same spot where a 48-year-old woman with a history of mental health problems crashed her car nearly three years ago, escaping with a broken arm.


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