Woman hospitalised after two-car collision on the A1122 in Beachamwell, near Swaffham

A driver was flown to hospital with serious injuries after a crash left her trapped in her car in Beachamwell, near Swaffham, on Monday.

Firefighters used hydraulic equipment to free the woman after her blue Peugeot 306 and a white Honda Civic were involved in a collision on the A1122, about a mile from the A47 roundabout, at 8.40pm.

Police said the woman, who is in her 30s, suffered fractures to her pelvis, right arm and lower legs,

An air ambulance crew arrived at the scene and then they requested an East of England Ambulance Service Trust paramedic and Magpas volunteer paramedic Carl Smith, who responded to the incident from home.

A spokesman said: 'They all worked together to stabilize the female patient who had suffered severe limb injuries - administering pain relief, looking after her blood pressure and splinting his injuries.'

Magpas consultant and doctor Rod Mackenzie then flew the woman from RAF Marham to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge and her condition was described as serious but stable.

Magpas Doctor Rod Mackenzie said, 'Magpas Helimedix are the only enhanced care team available at night across the East of England. This incident illustrates just how important it is to be able to provide the highest level of care during the hours of darkness.

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Police said the Honda, which was travelling towards Downham Market, hit the verge before hitting the Peugeot, which was travelling in the opposite direction towards the A47.

The driver of the Honda, who police said was in his 50s, was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn with fractures to his right ankle and cuts.

The accident closed the A1122 between the A47 and Chalk Lane.

Two fire engines from Swaffham and Downham Market were called at 8.43pm and declared the incident over at 10.25pm.

Anyone who saw the collision, or the manner of driving of either vehicle, should ring PC Dave Cole at Swaffham Roads Policing Unit on 101.

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