Rural blackspot crash in Haddiscoe leaves woman in serious condition

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Police accident. - Credit: ©Archant Photographic 2010

Investigations are continuing today after a woman was left in a serious condition following a crash involving a HGV and a car at a rural blackspot.

Emergency services were called to the A143 in Haddiscoe, north of Beccles, at around 3.30pm yesterday to reports of a two-vehicle accident.

It led to police closing the road, between the Station Road junction and the B1074 Herringfleet Road junction, until 9pm.

A spokesman for the ambulance service said a woman in her 50s had suffered leg, chest and pelvic injuries. She was flown to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

A second person was also treated for chest injuries and taken to the James Paget University Hospital at Gorleston by land ambulance in a stable condition.

Fire crews from Great Yarmouth, Gorleston and Loddon used hydraulic equipment to remove one casualty from a vehicle.

While the cause of the crash is yet to be determined, Haddiscoe Parish Council clerk Sarah Daines said the A143 was a notorious blackspot for accidents.

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She said: 'The particular stretch of road is only two miles long, but because there are sweeping bends it is so dangerous.

'What makes it worse is the huge deep dykes either side.'

Mrs Daines, 45, said there was around eight accidents each year along the stretch, with many of them involving motorbikes.

She added: 'We had a lorry crash about five or six weeks ago, just past the Thorpe Road junction, and that went into the dyke.'