‘I thought he was dead’- Eyewitness to A47 crash feared the worst when rushing to help injured man

Paramedics and firemen at the scene of the crash on the A47. Photo: Franz Sidney

Paramedics and firemen at the scene of the crash on the A47. Photo: Franz Sidney - Credit: Franz Sidney

An eyewitness to a horror crash on a main stretch of road said she feared the worst after discovering the man involved unconscious and covered in blood.

Emergency services were called to the accident at around 8.30pm on Monday January 7 on the A47 between Swaffham and Narborough, at the roundabout near Heathside Cafe Truckstop.

A male driver sustained head injuries when his Citroën Saxo came off the road and crashed into a lamppost and a female passenger was also involved.

No life-threatening or life-changing injuries were believed to have been suffered.

Franz Sidney, 54 and a hypnotherapist from Dereham who is also a first aider, had just picked up her 16-year-old son when the crash happened and rushed to help.


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She said: 'The passenger was hysterically crying, she was covered in blood. The driver had hit his head, the windscreen was shattered completely.

'Another car stopped behind them. We went back to help them and the other woman phoned the police.

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'He was covered in blood and completely unconscious, I thought he was dead. I have never seen anything like that.

'He was there for about two hours. We stayed and talked to them. For two minutes I thought he was going to die because of his bleeding, I didn't know.

'The paramedic was talking to him and he started talking and opened his eyes. They had to cut the roof off the car to get him out. They got him out and he was walking and they took both of them to the hospital.

'I have never seen such an accident. The guy was very lucky.'

The road was closed towards King's Lynn while emergency services dealt with the incident and police said the vehicle was recovered at 10.25pm, with the road then reopening.

Both the man and the woman inside the car were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn.

The fire service was also on the scene of the crash to assist the ambulance service.

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