Norfolk County Council to look at accident record at A17 junction where woman died and two boys critically injured
Norfolk transport bosses said they will look at the accident record of a notorious West Norfolk junction after a woman was killed and two boys badly injured on Monday.
The victim has been named locally as Laura Pesterfield, from Boston, and she worked at the Holland House dental surgery in the south Lincolnshire town.
The crash happened at the A17 junction with Station Road in Terrington St Clement, near King's Lynn, at about 2pm on Monday.
Two boys, who were also in the car, which contained Christmas presents, were badly injured. Both were taken to Addebrooke's Hospital where one remains in a critical condition and the other is in a 'serious' condition, having made some improvements overnight.
The boys are believed to be Miss Pesterfield's nephews.
Meanwhile, a petition has been set up calling for Norfolk County Council to improve safety on the road, by building a roundabout at the junction.
The council says it will scrutinise the accident report to see if any action is needed.
Tracy Jessop, the county's assistant director for highways and transport, said it was too early to know exactly what happened.
She said: 'We will, of course, be taking account of the specific details of this incident, and the overall accident record at this junction, on what is a very busy road used by thousands of people every day, to help inform any actions that may be necessary.
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'There are understandably strong local opinions about this stretch of the A17 and we will continue to meet community representatives as the facts around this tragedy emerge.'
An online tribute page to Miss Pesterfield, who was in her 20s, has been set up, and many friends and family members have taken to social media to pay their respects.
Jenny Harrop wrote: 'RIP Laura. Thoughts going out to the family and I just hope the boys pull through; such a tragic thing to happen so close to Christmas.'
Natalie English added: 'We have lost a family member – she was amazing. I know she will be watching the boys now to get them through it. Gone but never forgotten.'
Community leaders have also spoken of their sorrow.
The Rev Robert Slipper, vicar at Terrington St Clement church, said: 'People in Terrington will be deeply saddened by the death of this young woman. It feels more poignant at this time of year.'
Monday's crash involved a silver Vauxhall Astra, which had been travelling on Station Road towards the junction of the A17, and a white Mercedes HGV lorry, which was travelling along the A17 in the direction of King's Lynn.
The driver of the lorry was uninjured.
Witnesses should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Wymondham on 101.