‘We were nearly wiped out’ - couple in earlier crash call for safety measures on A140 at Erpingham after latest tragedy
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A couple who miraculously escaped serious injury in a three-car crash are calling for urgent safety measures following a driver's death on the same notorious stretch of the A140.
Richard and Margaret Rushmer run the Alby Horse Shoes pub, which is only a stone's throw from Friday night's tragedy.
The Fiat driver, understood to be a man in his 70s, was pronounced dead at the scene, near the entrance to Alby Crafts, after his car and a sugar beet lorry collided.
The circumstances of the tragedy have not been made public but the incident has renewed long-running calls for a speed-limit reduction on the road.
For Mr and Mrs Rushmer, the accident brought back the horror of their own recent narrow escape less than a mile away on the A140 at Hanworth, between Aylsham and Cromer.
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Mr Rushmer said on November 19 he had been signalling and waiting to turn right into White Post Road when a car smashed into the back of their vehicle, shunting them into the path of an on-coming car which struck their passenger door.
Mrs Rushmer was trapped, lost consciousness and had to be freed by the emergency services and taken to hospital.
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'We could have been wiped out,' said Mr Rushmer .
'We've been here 14 years and this latest crash is the fourth fatality, on top of many other accidents. We've campaigned for a speed reduction from 50mph but highways say it's an A road and it can't be done, but we will now ask again.'
Mrs Rushmer added: 'If it's an A road it needs to be brought up to A road standard - widened, and with turning lanes.' The couple said there were some seven junctions and entrances onto the A140 in a stretch of less than half a mile.
Steven Wade, chairman of Alby Parish Council, said about five years ago the council, together with Erpingham Parish Council, had asked for a reduction along the stretch from 60mph to 40mph but it had only been cut to 50mph.
Within a short stretch there was a garage, two bus stops, a bend, a pub, the Alby Crafts complex, several other businesses, and seven junctions.
'There's an awful lot going on and it's an accident-prone area,' Mr Wade added.
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