Tractor driver taken to hospital after hitting railway bridge near Wymondham

A tractor has hit a railway bridge in Crownthorpe.

A tractor has hit a railway bridge in Crownthorpe. - Credit: ©Archant Photographic 2010

A man was taken to hospital with head and leg injuries after the tractor he was driving crashed into a railway bridge.

The victim, described as middle-aged, is understood to be in a stable condition at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the accident in the B1135 at Crownthorpe, near Wymondham, just after 11.15am today (Friday).

East of England Ambulance Service duty locality officer Dale Meacham-Roberts said: 'A trailer being pulled behind the tractor became vertical, making contact with the bridge.

'The impact caused the tractor driver in the cab to suffer a head injury, chest pains, and a suspected ankle fracture.'

Fire crews from Carrow, Earlham and Hethersett were called in as well as the police, and the services worked together to free the driver from the wreckage and administer first-aid.

Mr Meacham-Roberts said: 'The fire officers were able to give first aid support and patient extracation.

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'The critical care doctor assisted with the patient care, and everyone worked closely together to ensure everything could run as smoothly as possible.'

Although the air ambulance was also at the scene, the victim was taken to hospital by road.

The bridge is part of the Mid-Norfolk Railway.

A police spokesman said: 'We were called at 11.10am. It was report of a tractor which had crashed into a railway bridge on the road from Wymondham to Wicklewood. The tractor, towing a trailer, has hit the bridge.

'Ambulance was called and the road was completely blocked.'