Hethersett junction safety fears after fatal crash

A fatal crash that resulted in the deaths of a driver and passenger at the weekend has once again raised concerns about the safety of a crossroads junction in Hethersett.

Sara Page, 29, and her front seat passenger, Trevor Bunn, 30, were killed in the collision close to the junction of the B1172 Norwich Road and Station Lane.

The pair were travelling in a blue Volvo 850 car when they were involved in the crash with a silver Peugeot 206 at about 11.10pm on Saturday.

John Nightingale, chairman of Hethersett Parish Council, today said that the whole village was shocked by the tragedy.

He added that safety concerns had been raised about the junction in the past and the parish council had been due to discuss improvements, including proposals for a traffic lights system at the crossroads.

'There have been concerns in the past and it will probably be on our next agenda. There is a lot of shock and lack of information at the moment. We do not know what has happened.'

'The speed limit [on Norwich Road] used to be 50mph, but was changed to 40mph and in general we find that people stick to it. There is a bit on a slope, but you can see quite well from the junction and certainly at 40mph you can see very well,' he said.

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In 2005, the B1172/ Colney Lane/ Station Lane junction at Hethersett was named as one of the most dangerous sections of road in Norfolk after three serious collisions in a six month period.

Tributes have started to come in for the two people killed in the crash on Saturday night.

Ollie Wood, who was a rear seat passenger of the Volvo, and is receiving treatment for his injuries at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, posted on Facebook: 'I can't believe it. I feel so lucky to have got out with broken legs. I miss him already. Can't believe how quickly it happened.'

Kirsty McDonald, who was friends with Sara Page, added: 'We are totally devastated at the loss of someone so beautiful on the inside and out, so full of love for life and the best friend anyone could have asked for.'

'Sara will be greatly missed. Such a tragedy should never happen and our thoughts are with the young children, parents and fiance of Sara who she leaves behind.'

The female driver of the Peugeot suffered slight injuries.

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Team (SCIT) would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has information concerning the manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the collision. Call Norfolk Police on 0845 456 4567.

Do you wish to pay tribute to either of the victims? Call reporter Stephanie Brooks on 01379 651153 or email stephanie.brooks@archant.co.uk

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