Serviceman killed in road crash

An army serviceman was killed in an horrific car crash after the tanker he was in overturned on the A1075 at the Wretham junction near Thetford.

An army serviceman was killed in an horrific car crash after the tanker he was in overturned on the A1075 at the Wretham junction near Thetford.

Police are appealing for information about a red Ford Focus which at the time of the accident was thought to be heading to Watton.

The man, whose name has not been released, is thought to be from Surrey.

It is unclear which regiment he was with and whether he was based in the area or on exercise.

The A1075 was closed in both directions between Illington Road junction and the A11 junction in Wretham for several hours following the crash which happened at around 9.10am today.

A witness, who did not wish tobe identified, said the tanker was potentially carrying chemical substances when it overturned.

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“It was a small tanker which had several partitions in it,” the witness said.

“There were all the emergency services at the scene, as well as three army Land Rovers with personnel in camouflage coats.

“About an hour later, the tanker, which was lying in the field, was turned the right way up and I could see army people shifting material from the tanker onto another vehicle. The field was slightly lower than the road.”

Four fire engines were called to the scene.

The army said no details would be released until the victim's next of kin were informed.

Insp Julian Moulton of Norfolk police, who dealt with the incident, said: “This is a tragic incident and our condolences go to the family and friends of the man who died. His next of kin are currently being traced and informed.”

A police spokesman added: “We are appealing for witnesses and are keen to hear anything about a red Ford Focus which at the time of the incident was heading to Watton.”

Information to Norfolk Constabulary on 0845 456 4567.

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