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Jaguar driver who died in A47 crash near Wisbech attempted phone call moments before collision

An inquest has been held into the death of a man who died in a crash on the A47. Picture: Matthew Usher.

An inquest has been held into the death of a man who died in a crash on the A47. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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A removals worker who died in a crash on the A47 attempted to telephone his partner moments before drifting into oncoming traffic, an inquest has heard.

Stephen Short, who previously worked in security for the Saudi Arabian royal family, died on November 3 after his Jaguar S Type drifted into the path of an oncoming Tesco lorry.

The incident happened on the A47 at Walsoken, near Wisbech, around 500 yards south of the B198 Walton Highway roundabout, with the road closed for several hours following the crash. He was declared dead at the scene.

On Friday, an inquest into the 53-year-old’s death heard how just moments before the crash he had attempted to return a telephone call from his partner, having left work early.

Mr Short, who was heading in the direction of Peterborough, then drifted into the King’s Lynn bound carriageway, colliding with the lorry.

However, evidence given by Stuart Aldous of Norfolk Constabulary, who investigated the incident – read out by area coroner Yvonne Blake – said there was no way of telling whether Mr Short had access to hands-free technology in his car.

The officer added that his partner had received a notification on Facebook that he had also read a Facebook message from her in the moments prior.

He said: “Mr Short was wearing a seat belt before being cut out of his vehicle by firefighters and did not have any sign of drugs or alcohol in his system.”

He added that there were no defects with the road conditions that could have contributed to the collision and the driver of the lorry also tested negative for drugs and alcohol.

The lorry driver’s mobile phone was examined and was found not to have been used at any point leading up to the collision.

A statement from the lorry driver read out at the hearing recalled how the crash had turned the Jaguar into “a mangled mess of metal”.

Ms Blake gave a short form conclusion that Mr Short had died as a result of a road traffic collision.

Mr Short was from Hampton Hargate, near Peterborough.


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Lorry driver died from crash injuries, inquest hears

The A47 was closed after the crash at Little Fransham. Photo: Abigail Nicholson

The A47 was closed after the crash at Little Fransham. Photo: Abigail Nicholson

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An inquest has opened into the death of a lorry driver in a crash on the A47.

Calvin Beckett, 47, who lived in Dereham, was involved in a collision between a lorry, a tanker and a car at Little Fransham on the A47, on Friday, March 6.

Mr Beckett was pronounced dead at the scene.

At an inquest opened into his death held at Norfolk Coroner’s Court on Tuesday, March 17, Yvonne Blake, area coroner for Norfolk said Mr Beckett had been employed as an HGV delivery driver.

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His cause of death was given as a chest injury due to a road traffic collision.

On March 6, police were called to the A47 at Little Fransham at around 10.45am following reports of a crash between three vehicles.

Emergency services including the air ambulance and fire service were also called to the scene.

Following the collision the road was closed between Wendling and the McDonald’s roundabout near Swaffham for several hours.

Mr Beckett’s inquest has been adjourned for a pre-inquest review on June 15.

Lorry driver jailed for fatal A47 crash at Tilney St Lawrence

Norwich Crown Court. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

Norwich Crown Court. PICTURE: Jamie Honeywood

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A lorry driver ploughed into a broken down van on the A47 killing the driver, who was sitting inside the vehicle, a court heard.

Igors Salmins, 51, failed to see the van parked on the roadside at Tilney St Lawrence, near King’s Lynn, despite Ricards Saputko, 59, having warning hazard lights on, and there being good visibility, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Chris Youell, prosecuting, said for some reason Salmins failed to see the van and his lorry ploughed into the back causing Mr Saputko to be ejected from the vehicle. He suffered serious brain injury and died later that day.

Mr Youell said that section of the A47 where the accident happened had no hard shoulder.

“He drove straight into the back of that vehicle, which was there to be seen.”

He read out a victim impact statement from Mr Saputko’s wife, Irina, who described him as a “loving and supportive” husband, who was always the first person to help others. She said she missed him every day.

Salmins, of Elm High Road, Wisbech, who had the help of a Russian interpreter, admitted causing the death of Mr Saputko by careless driving on January 28, 2018.

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Jailing him for eight months, Judge Anthony Bate said the loss to Mr Saputko’s family could in no way equate to any sentence the court could impose and said how his wife spoke movingly about the loss of her husband.

He said: “The loss is beyond measure.”

He told Salmins: “You were not paying proper attention to the road ahead of you. You completely failed to see his broken down vehicle.”

He added that his reaction had been far too late to avoid the accident.

Judge Bate also imposed an 18 month driving ban.

Hugh Vass, for Salmins, said: “Nothing will bring back Mr Saputko. Whatever sentence will be scant solace to his widow and daughter.”

He said that there were no aggravating features such as Salmins using a mobile phone.

Mr Vass said: “He has lost his job and as a result he won’t be able to work ever again as a HGV driver.”

He added: ”For a matter of a few seconds the defendant for whatever reason did not take appropriate action and did not notice the vehicle until it was too late.”

Man in 40s dies following crash on A47 at Little Fransham

The scene of a crash at Little Fransham, A47 Picture: Used with permission from Kirsty (@InTahUK) on Twitter

The scene of a crash at Little Fransham, A47 Picture: Used with permission from Kirsty (@InTahUK) on Twitter

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A lorry driver has died after a crash on the A47.

The A47 has been closed after a crash at Little Fransham. Photo: Abigail NicholsonThe A47 has been closed after a crash at Little Fransham. Photo: Abigail Nicholson

A six-mile stretch of the road was closed after the male driver in his 40s died following a crash between a lorry, tanker and car.

Norfolk police were called to reports of a crash between the vehicles at Little Fransham at 10.45am on Friday, March 6.

Emergency services including the air ambulance and fire service were called to the scene and closed the road between Wendling and the McDonald’s roundabout near Swaffham.

The driver of the lorry, a man in his 40s, died at the scene.

The A47 has been closed after a crash at Little Fransham. Photo: Abigail NicholsonThe A47 has been closed after a crash at Little Fransham. Photo: Abigail Nicholson

The driver of the car has serious injuries but not life-threatening and both the passenger of the car and driver of the tanker were not seriously injured.

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There was also a significant spillage on the road of diesel and sugar syrup, which was being transported by one of the vehicles.

The road was closed since before 11am until “well into the evening”.

The scene of the A47 crash at Little Fransham. Photo: Abigail NicholsonThe scene of the A47 crash at Little Fransham. Photo: Abigail Nicholson

A police spokesman said a call was received from Highways England at 10pm to say works to repair the carriageway should be completed by 11pm and the road could reopen in advance of works being completed.

Norfolk police and Highways England have advised motorists to avoid the area and warned of major delays in both Swaffham and Dereham.

Highways England said: “Plan ahead as the road is likely to remain closed for several hours and diversion routes are lengthy.”

Police are now appealing for information following the fatal crash and are asking anybody that saw the manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the incident, or has dashcam footage, should contact Sgt Peter Howlett at Peter.Howlett@norfolk.pnn.police.uk or Norfolk Police on 101 quoting incident number 119 of Friday, March 6.

The collision is the fifth which has happened on the A47 in the last 24 hours.[2]

As of 11pm on Friday night the road remained shut, with a Highways England spokesman indicating that while the vehicles had been recovered and police investigation concluded, spillage of sugar syrup was still being cleared.

– For up-to-date information, keep tabs on our live traffic map.[3]

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Cyclist killed in A47 crash at King's Lynn

The crash happened on the A47 between the Saddlebow Interchange and the Hardwick Roundabout Picture: Ian Burt

The crash happened on the A47 between the Saddlebow Interchange and the Hardwick Roundabout Picture: Ian Burt

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A lorry driver has been arrested after a cyclist died in a collision.

Police were called at just after 6am to reports of a crash involving an HGV and a bicycle on the eastbound A47 between the Saddlebow Interchange and Hardwick Roundabout, on the outskirts of King’s Lynn.

Ambulances and an air ambulance attended but the cyclist, a man in his 60s, died at the scene.

The driver of the lorry, a man in his 60s, has been arrested on suspicion of death by careless driving and is currently in custody at King’s Lynn Police Investigation Centre.

The road was closed in both directions for more than five hours while emergency service attended the incident but it has now reopened.

Anyone who saw the collision, saw the manner of driving of either vehicle prior to the incident, or has dashcam footage, should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Norfolk Police on 101 quoting incident number 49 of Friday, January 24.

The crash is the second serious accident to occur near the Hardwick Roundabout in less than 24 hours.

Last night a man in his 80s suffered serious injuries when his mobility scooter was involved in a collision with a car on Hardwick Road.

Truck plunges into ditch on A47 Acle Straight

A truck left the road on the A47 Acle Straight ending up in a ditch. Recovery is likely to cause disruption on the single-carriageway stretch Picture: Liz Coates

A truck left the road on the A47 Acle Straight ending up in a ditch. Recovery is likely to cause disruption on the single-carriageway stretch Picture: Liz Coates

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Delays are expected on the A47 this morning after a truck veered off the road into a ditch.

A truck left the road on the A47 Acle Straight ending up in a ditch. Recovery is likely to cause disruption on the single-carriageway stretch Picture: Liz CoatesA truck left the road on the A47 Acle Straight ending up in a ditch. Recovery is likely to cause disruption on the single-carriageway stretch Picture: Liz Coates

Two recovery vehicles have been on stand-by on the Acle Straight waiting for the rush hour to die down and begin the process of removing the vehicle.

Emergency services rushed to the scene at around 11.10pm on Wednesday (January 22).

Three fire crews were called from Acle, Great Yarmouth, and Gorleston, to make the scene safe.

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The last crew left the scene at 12.20am.

A police spokesman said the driver was checked over by an ambulance crew but was not injured.

Recovery could require a lane-closure in which case police officers will be needed to manage traffic.

The incident took place at the Acle end of the single-carriageway stretch on the Yarmouth-bound side.

– You can keep up to date with all the latest travel news via our live traffic map.

A47 shut after lorry and van crash

Emergency services are on the scene of a crash on the A47. Photo : Steve Adams

Emergency services are on the scene of a crash on the A47. Photo : Steve Adams

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Motorists faced delays and diversions on the A47 after a crash between a lorry and a van.

The crash has happened near The Canary and Linnet pub, off the A47 in Little Fransham. Picture: ArchantThe crash has happened near The Canary and Linnet pub, off the A47 in Little Fransham. Picture: Archant

Police were called at 11.08am today to a crash near the Canary and Linnet Pub, in Little Fransham between Dereham and Swaffham.

The road was blocked in both directions from Station Road to Dunham Road and re-opened at about 2,30pm.

Emergency services attended but no-one is believed to have been trapped or suffered serious injuries.

An extensive clean-up operation was launched by the police and Highways England as diesel has spilled onto the road and damage had been caused to a lamp post.

Road users were advised to expect disruption and to allow extra journey time.

Diversion route details;

Eastbound – Exit the A47 at Swaffham Interchange.

At the A1065 junction turn right and follow the A1065 to Fakenham.

At the A148 roundabout take the second exit onto the A148.

Continue on the A148 to the next roundabout and take the third right onto the A1067.

Continue on the A1067 through Bintree, Bawdeswell, Morton, Attlebridge, Taversham and Drayton to A140 Ring Road in Norwich.

At the A140 roundabout take the third exit onto the A140.

At the next roundabout take the third exit onto the A1074 and rejoin the A47 at Longwater Interchange.

Westbound – Exit the A47 at Thickthorn Interchange and take first exit from the roundabout onto the A11.

Continue on A11 to Mundford Road roundabout at Thetford.

Take third exit from the roundabout and continue on A134 to the A1065 roundabout at Munford.

At the roundabout take the third exit and continue on the A1065 to rejoin the A47 at Swaffham Interchange.

Check the EDP live traffic map before you travel.[2]

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Salt stockpiled as gritters in Norfolk get ready for winter

A digger loading a gritter in one of Norfolk’s salt domes. Pic: Norfolk County Council.

A digger loading a gritter in one of Norfolk’s salt domes. Pic: Norfolk County Council.

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Some 16,000 tonnes of salt has been stockpiled in Norfolk to help gritting teams keep the county’s roads clear this winter.

Norfolk county councillor Martin Wilby. Pic: Norfolk Conservatives.Norfolk county councillor Martin Wilby. Pic: Norfolk Conservatives.

The county’s gritters have already been out for their first run of the season – treating roads in the west of the county on Monday, October 28.

Last winter saw 13,600 tonnes of specially formulated salt spread over the council’s 49 gritting routes, which includes all A-class and B-class roads and some C-class roads.

Each run covers 2,200 miles of road and takes three hours to complete.

That was down on the 25,000 tonnes which were used over the previous winter, when the Beast from the East brought heavy snowfall across the county and meant gritters had to go out 113 times.

While 16,000 tonnes is stocked through a long-term contract with supplier Compass Minerals, Norfolk County Council says that will be replenished .

The salt used to treat roads works by reducing the freezing point of water on the surface.

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However, bosses at Norfolk County Council say even when roads are treated there is no guarantee they will be completely clear of ice or snow.

For example, in severe cold weather (below approximately minus seven degrees Celsius) even salt will not prevent the roads from icing over.

A change means this year, the gritting will be done by Norse Highways, on behalf of the county council, although decisions on mobilising crews will still be taken at County Hall.

Martin Wilby, Norfolk County Council cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, said: “The recent move of the day to day highway maintenance operations, including gritting, to Norse Highways, will see some efficiency savings made, but for Norfolk’s roads this winter it will be business as usual.

“The fleet of gritter trucks and the dedicated crews are prepped and ready to grit roads and clear any snow as and when needed.

“I’d urge everyone to take care when roads are cold and wet over the coming months – it’s very important to always drive to arrive, so please do make sure you drive to the road conditions at all times.”

Gritting the A47 and A11 is not the responsibility of Norfolk County Council.

They are treated by Highways England.

Heavy traffic on A47 between Swaffham and Dereham after breakdown

There is heavy traffic on the A47 eastbound between Swaffham and Dereham after a truck's tyre blew out. Picture: PA Images

There is heavy traffic on the A47 eastbound between Swaffham and Dereham after a truck’s tyre blew out. Picture: PA Images

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Traffic is heavy on the A47 after a vehicle broke down prior to the morning rush hour.

Drivers travelling eastbound between Swaffham and Dereham are facing long delays after a timber truck’s tyre blew out, blocking the road in the process.

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Traffic is particularly heavy at Necton and Little Fransham.

Police are currently at the scene to assist the flow of traffic and recovery is expected to take several hours.

A spokesman from Norfolk Constabulary said: “We were called at around 7.50am to reports of a highway obstruction. A closure was in place due to a lorry blocking the Dereham-bound carriageway.”

Keep up to date with the latest travel information by checking the EDP’s live traffic map.

East Coast Truckers 2019: Popular convoy returns for 34th year

Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

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Thousands of spectators cheered on a popular convoy of more than 100 trucks as it gave a group of children a memorable day out.

Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

The 34th annual East Coast Truckers convoy made its way from County Hall in Norwich to Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft on Sunday, with disabled and disadvantaged children sharing a cab with drivers.

Crowds of well wishers lined the route, gathering on bridges over the A47 and along the seafront in Great Yarmouth, to cheer on the trucks and their special cargo.

Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

They were also joined by members of the emergency services for the procession, with police motorcycle escorts and first aid on hand.

On Twitter, East Coast Truckers thanked the team at Pleasurewood Hills, saying it had been a “fantastic day”.

Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

They said: “[We’re] very proud of our convoy and the people in it, big and small.”

The beloved event has raised thousands of pounds for charity over the years.

Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood
Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood
Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood

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Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie HoneywoodCrowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood
Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood
Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood
Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood Crowds lined Great Yarmouth seafront as the East Coast Truckers passed through on their way to Norwich from Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Jamie Honeywood