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Elderly man dies in A143 Earsham, Bungay crash

The road in Earsham, Bungay, was closed for more than 10 hours after an elderly man died following a collision with a lorry. Stock image. Picture: WENDY TURNER

The road in Earsham, Bungay, was closed for more than 10 hours after an elderly man died following a collision with a lorry. Stock image. Picture: WENDY TURNER

A man thought to be in his mid 70s has died after being involved in a collision with a lorry in the early hours.

Police were called to Earsham, Bungay, at 1.12am on Sunday to reports of a collision between a lorry and pedestrian.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and road closures were put in place while investigations were conducted and road cleared.

The road was reopened at 11.33am.

Police would now like help to identify the man who died in the crash.

The man is described as white, between 65 and 80 years old, around 5ft 6in tall, bald with grey hair at the back and side, of an average build.

He was wearing a navy blue fleece top with a JCB logo on the shoulder, grey trousers, dark grey/blue baseball cap with a small penguin motif and navy blue slippers with Velcro strapping.

Acting Detective Inspector Michael Roxby said: “We would be grateful for anyone who may have seen the man on this stretch of road or in the local area in the early hours to get in touch.

“We would also encourage the public to check on elderly male relatives who live in this area and are similar in description.”

Anyone who can help to identify the man or is a witness to the incident should contact Acting Detective Inspector Michael Roxby of Norfolk Constabulary on 101 quoting CAD 23 of Sunday, November 29.


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Travel disruption after A140 accident and road closure

The A140 at Brome, near Diss and Eye, where an accident has partially closed the road. Picture: Adrian Pye/Geograph

The A140 at Brome, near Diss and Eye, where an accident has partially closed the road. Picture: Adrian Pye/Geograph

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Commuters are facing rush hour disruption following an accident on the A140, while another section of the road remains closed.

Motorists travelling between Norfolk and Suffolk are being warned to expect delays following an accident at Brome, near B1077 Stuston Lane.

The crash at about 6.30am on Tuesday has partially blocked the A140 causing tailbacks and queueing traffic both in both directions including back to the Scole roundabout. There is also congestion back on to the A143.

It comes as the A140 remains closed further south at Earl Stonham following a lorry overturning.

Recovery work between the A1120 to the Green Lane turn-off means the main Norwich to Ipswich road is still closed in both directions.

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A1017 in Haverhill closed both directions after serious crash

The A1017 in Haverhill is closed in both directions following a serious collision. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The A1017 in Haverhill is closed in both directions following a serious collision. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

A car driver has been arrested on suspicion of drug driving following a serious crash on the A1017 in Haverhill which has left one person with potentially life-changing injuries.

The A1017 is closed in both directions at the scene of the accident on Rowley Hill – and police expect it to remain closed for sometime yet.

It happened just before 10.30am today when a blue Volkswagen Golf was involved in a single vehicle crash near to the Sturmer Meadow roundabout.

An Essex police spokesman said: “Officers and paramedics attended and two people have been taken to hospital, one of which has potentially life changing injuries.

“The driver, a 28-year-old man from Liverpool, has been arrested on suspicion of drug driving.”

Four fire crews were also sent to the crash on the A1017, which has closed the road from the A143 at Rowley Hill to the B1057 at Bumpstead Road.

Traffic between Sturmer and Haverhill is being affected and nearby roads are slow-moving due to the increased congestion.

The worst delays appear to be around the roundabout with the A143.

The police spokesman added: “The road is expected to remain closed for a few hours while enquires are ongoing and any debris is cleared to ensure the safety of other road users.

“Motorists are asked to avoid the road and use an alternative route.”

Casualties have been taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the West Suffolk Hospital at Bury St Edmunds.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST), said seven ambulances, an ambulance officer vehicle and an air ambulance attended the scene.

A spokesman for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service added: “Combined fire control received two calls to a road traffic collision.

“Control mobilised four crews and an officer and informed police and ambulance control rooms.

“On arrival, crews confirmed two people were out with two still in the vehicle. Using cutting gear crews removed the roof and extricated the casualties. All casualties were left in the care of the ambulance service.”

Essex Police are asking drivers who witnessed or have dash cam footage of the incident or the moments before, to contact the Roads Policing Unit through its website by going to https://www.essex.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/.

Alternatively people can give information anonymously via independent charity Crimestoppers.

Witnesses should reference incident 423 of 6 Sept when providing any information.


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Dashcam captures tree hitting G. Easton & Son Ltd lorry on A143 during Storm Ciara

A lorry driver had a lucky escape after a tree shattered when it hit his vehicle on the A143. Picture: G.Easton & Son Ltd.

A lorry driver had a lucky escape after a tree shattered when it hit his vehicle on the A143. Picture: G.Easton & Son Ltd.

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Dramatic dash-cam footage has captured the moment a tree “shattered” as it crashed into the path of a moving milk tanker during Storm Ciara.

Trees fell across the county on Sunday as heavy winds and rain battered Norfolk.

And dash-cam footage has captured a DAF milk tanker travelling westbound on the A143, near Brockdish, south Norfolk, when suddenly a tree fell into its path, hitting the front of the lorry.

The driver of the G Easton and Son Ltd lorry was unhurt in the incident, which occurred at about 9.30am.

Charles Easton, the company’s director, said: “We couldn’t decide if he was unlucky or lucky. He was unlucky that it happened but lucky it was a dead tree and that it shattered when it hit the truck. He was alright. He swerved and it was a good job there was no-one coming the other way. The A143 can be a busy stretch of road. He did really well to respond the way he did.”

The driver was able to pull over to check the damage to the vehicle, which was minor and affected its mirrors.

A number of Norfolk roads were blocked due to fallen trees.

Over the weekend, CCTV footage caught the moment a fallen tree causing a substation to explode in Thetford.

Elsewhere a woman had a lucky escape after a tree crashed into her home.