Resident recalls hearing the “loud bang” of fatal Scarning collision

The area of the A47 at Scarning where the fatal crash happened. Picture Ian Clarke.

The area of the A47 at Scarning where the fatal crash happened. Picture Ian Clarke. - Credit: Archant

Residents of a home near the site of last night's fatal crash have described hearing the accident which saw a man lose his life.

Paul Fox lives at Cattle Arch Farm, nearby the stretch of the A47 at Scarning.

'There was two bangs,' said physiotherapist Mr Fox. 'There was a first, smaller bang followed by another much louder one.

'We live a couple of hundred metres away and further down the road from where the collision happened, but we still heard it. 'I went out to go and see what had happened but there were so many people about, and then the Air Ambulance got there, I didn't really know what was going on.'

Mr Fox, who is 56, described seeing three cars at the scene.

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'It's an absolutely fatal bit of road, it's notorious for good reason,' said Mr Fox, who runs the physiotherapy centre with his wife.

'Our neighbour died on that section a few years ago. We're been living here about 25 or so years now, and there was one point where there would be either a fatality or near-fatality at least once a year.'

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The road was shut in both directions last night as a result of the collision, and reopened at around 5am today.

'The problem is that people go along the dual carriageway at 60 or 70 miles an hour and don't slow down their speed. Then they come around the sloping incline and don't realise how dangerous it is,' Mr Fox continued.

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There has been talk for many years about this section of the road being dualled.

Mr Fox said: 'That should absolutely happen, but there's been talk of it for so long that I can't see it actually happening in my lifetime.

'I'm very sorry to hear that another person has died.'