Woman dies and child seriously injured in road accident at North Walsham

A woman died and a 12-year-old boy suffered serious head injuries after a lorry collided with a car near North Walsham this morning.

Two air ambulances, one serving Norfolk and Suffolk and the serving Essex, attended the scene of the crash on the A149 at Bengate.

Fire engines from North Walsham and Stalham also raced to the accident, at 9.44am, and helped to cut one of the casualties out of the car.

The 40-year-old driver of the car was seriously injured when the emergency services arrived. Despite medical attention from East Anglian Air Ambulance doctor Dr Haris Begovic and East of England Ambulance Trust critical care paramedic Neil Flowers, she was pronounced dead after being taken by road to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The 12-year-old, a passenger in the car, was anaesthetised at the scene and flown to the Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge by the Essex Air Ambulance.

It is believed the driver of the truck and another passenger in the car suffered minor injuries.

Mr Flowers said: 'This was a tragic incident and our hearts go out to all involved. The crews of the East Anglian Air Ambulance and Essex Air Ambulance worked closely with the road ambulance teams to ensure we were able to give the most appropriate care to all of the injured. Our thoughts are with them.'

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