Woman critical after car smashes into tree near Aylsham

A baby and a teenager were taken to hospital and a woman was in critical condition after a car smashed into a tree near Aylsham on Saturday.

Three fire engines - from Aylsham and Reepham and the Norwich heavy rescue pump - were called to the B1145 Aylsham-Cawston road at 6.20pm.

According to police, a blue Mazda 3, which was travelling towards Cawston, lost control, spun and collided with a tree.

No other vehicles were believed to have been involved.

The woman driver was trapped and the road was closed for a number of hours whilst emergency services freed her.

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She was flown to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital by air ambulance suffering from multiple injuries and last night she remained in a critical but stable condition.

A 16-year-old girl and a six-month-old baby who were also travelling in the car were taken to hospital as a precaution but suffered no significant injuries.

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It is unknown if the three people in the car were related to each other but people in Cawston said last night that the trio were all thought to live in the village.

However customers at the Bell pub in Cawston said they did not know their names.

One man said: 'I have heard they live in Cawston but apart from that I don't know any more about them. All I know is that the road was closed for a long time on Saturday night and the accident took the bark off a tree.'

Debris was still visible at the scene of the crash last night in a wooded area close to Jeesal Cawston Park Hospital.

A police spokesman said they were informed of the accident by a member of the public.

Witnesses should contact PC Charlotte Sands at Acle Road Policing Unit on 0845 456 4567.

Do you know the people involved in the accident? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk.

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