Tributes to young woman killed in A47 crash at North Burlingham

Pleas have been made to review safety measures at an accident blackspot after a teenager died and four others were hurt when their car hit a parked lorry.

Five young women aged 17 to 20 were believed to be returning from Halloween celebrations at about 5.30am yesterday when the black Fiat Punto they were travelling in was involved in the crash at North Burlingham, near Acle.

The front seat passenger, named locally as Ellie Tweed, of Hemsby, died, while another of the occupants was yesterday said to be in a serious but stable condition. It is thought she was a rear passenger and suffered a broken neck, back and legs.

Three other women were taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The car, which burst into flames following the crash, hit a lorry parked in an A47 layby on the Yarmouth-bound side of the road between Yarmouth Road, Blofield, and South Walsham Road, North Burlingham, close to the Lingwood junction.


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Hundreds of tributes to Ms Tweed have been left on her Facebook page.

Louise Winstanley wrote: 'I'm so glad I met you and you were truly one of the best friends I could have asked for. I wouldn't change you for the world. I don't know how I'm going to get over this – I never will. I'm so glad I was with you on your last night.'

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Callum Goodley wrote: 'I can't believe it, they say the good die young. You will be missed so much by so many.'

And Hannah Sayers added: 'RIP. Your smile will be missed.'

Ellie Tweed's uncle said her parents were still with police yesterday following the crash and were too upset to say anything further.

The driver of the lorry, a man, was not injured, but was treated for shock.

The section of road is known locally as an accident blackspot and yesterday calls were made for safety measures to be reviewed.

Jonathan Funnell, 48, lives in one of the closest houses to where the crash happened. He said that during his 19 years there he had seen more than 20 accidents.

The architectural technologist said: 'It's a very deceptive road. It has got a lot of bends and it's also a hilly road.

'There are also a lot of junctions to farms and side roads.

'I was told it was going to be dualled when I moved here 19 years ago, and then it would have cost �5m, but that's now up to about �20m.'

Neighbour Nigel Adams, 57, heard the crash from his nearby Poplar Farm home. He said: 'I just heard the bang and saw the emergency services were on scene and that there had been another nasty accident.

'It's a dangerous road and it needs to be sorted.'

Broadland MP Keith Simpson said he would be asking roads minister Mike Penning if plans for dualling the road could be revisited, although he acknowledged that there was little money for such projects at the moment.

He said: 'It's still a dangerous single carriageway and I would like to see agencies looking again to see if there is anything they can do to make it safer.'

The Highways Agency said a study completed in April 2010 came up with a range of possible improvements for that stretch of the A47, from upgrading road markings to dualling.

But following the government's comprehensive spending review last year, a dualling scheme was scrapped.

A spokesman last night said the agency was 'considering further work aimed at improving safety on this section of the A47'.

She added: 'Safety on the strategic road network is our top priority and we treat all accidents very seriously. We regularly monitor the A47 and carry out improvements where possible within the resources available to us.'

The A47 was closed for hours and finally reopened at 1.15pm yesterday.

Traffic was diverted along the country roads both north and south of the A47, with the route between Lingwood and Blofield held up by large, slow moving vehicles trying to pass in the narrow lanes.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the crash. Anyone with information should contact PC Ian Thexton at Norfolk Police's serious collision investigation team on 101.

Do you have a story about an accident blackspot? Contact reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772419 or email kim.briscoe@archant.co.uk

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