Man dies after car smashes into house at Westwick

The scene of the smash on the B1150 Norwich Road at Westwick. Picture: David Bale

The scene of the smash on the B1150 Norwich Road at Westwick. Picture: David Bale - Credit: David Bale

A man has died after a car smashed into a house at Westwick.

The driver, a man aged in his 20s, suffered serious injuries in the collision after his vehicle left the B1150 Norwich Road.

He was behind the wheel of a blue Peugeot 106 travelling from North Walsham in the early hours of Sunday morning when the drama unfolded.

Emergency services raced to the scene after the alarm was raised, around 2.30am.

Fire crews from Aylsham and Stalham, as well as the service's Urban Search and Rescue team, were called to the crash and helped free the casualty.

The man was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital before being transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where he died on Sunday night.

The impact of the collision caused damage to the house at Tollbar Cottages which, according to police, was unoccupied at the time.

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A shocked neighbour, who said she believed a single man in his 30s lived in the property, said: 'He is lucky he wasn't there because it could have been worse - there have been other accidents here, it is a dangerous spot.'

At about the same time on Sunday, firefighters were also called to Knapton, just north of North Walsham. Firefighters from Mundesley and North Walsham went to that crash, in Hall Road, and helped to make the scene safe.

Police have issued an appeal for information to the fatal crash.

A spokesperson for Norfolk Constabulary said: 'Police would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has information concerning the driving manner of the vehicle prior to the collision.'

Witnesses should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team (SCIT) at Wymondham on 101.