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A11 closed in both directions between Attleborough and Thickthorn following four car crash

The A11 has been closed in both directions between Thickthorn and Attleborough following a crash involving five vehicles Picture: Chris Bishop

The A11 has been closed in both directions between Thickthorn and Attleborough following a crash involving five vehicles Picture: Chris Bishop

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A man has been airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries following a crash between four cars this afternoon, which has closed a stretch of the A11.

At around 3.10pm, emergency services were called to the A11, between Thickthorn and Attleborough, following a crash involving four cars – including a Jaguar and a Ford Mondeo.

The crash happened in the carriageway heading towards Norwich, however, police have closed the road in both directions to allow the East of England Air Ambulance to land at the scene.

A spokesman for Norfolk Constabulary said the road is likely to be closed “for the foreseeable” while emergency services treat to the people involved and the vehicles are recovered.

Traffic is being diverted away from the scene via the Old A11 and police have warned the road will remain closed for some time.

The northbound carriageway was re-opened at around 4.30pm, but the southbound carriageway remains closed while the vehicles are recovered.

The police spokesman said that “multiple” people had suffered injuries in the crash, including one man who was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital via air ambulance with “significant and life-threatening injuries”.

The cars involved were a black Jaguar, a silver Ford Mondeo, a silver Ford Focus and a fourth car, which the police did not provide details of.

Anybody who witnessed the crash or has dashcam footage of it is urged to contact Norfolk Constabulary on 101 quoting incident number 195 of November 22.


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Coca-Cola Christmas lorry, which last visited Norwich in 2016, cancels annual UK tour

The Coca-Cola Christmas truck will not be stopping anywhere this year becaue of Covid. Pic: EDP

The Coca-Cola Christmas truck will not be stopping anywhere this year becaue of Covid. Pic: EDP

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The ‘holidays aren’t coming’ as the famous Coca-Cola Christmas lorry, which last visited Norwich in 2016, has cancelled all stops.

The Coca-Cola Christmas truck will not be stopping anywhere this year becaue of Covid. Pic: EDPThe Coca-Cola Christmas truck will not be stopping anywhere this year becaue of Covid. Pic: EDP

The 14-tonne red fizzy drink truck, a sign of Christmas approaching and renowed for its catchy advert theme tune ‘The holidays are coming’ will not be doing its rounds because of the pandemic.

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It actually hasn’t stopped in Norwich since a visit to the Forum in 2016 and also chose to miss out Ipswich in Suffolk both last year and in 2018, last making an appearance in 2017.

There was some debate over whether Coca-Cola should take its truck load of soft drinks on tour at all – with some people arguing that children shouldn’t be encouraged to drink them although the firm has always made available the sugar free alternatives.

In a tweet, the firm stated: “Due to current restrictions around the country, our Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour won’t go ahead this year. We know it’s disappointing, but we’ll continue to share special Christmas moments throughout the festive season.

“We look forward to seeing you next year.”


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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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A140 crane crash: Locals react to Earl Stonham accident

The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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A man who has had his garden wall smashed in a major lorry crane crash has called for improvements to be made on the A140.

The crane smashed through a wall and the home owner is now having to have the tree removed Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe crane smashed through a wall and the home owner is now having to have the tree removed Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The 55-tonne truck smashed through two garden walls before rolling on its side and hitting a telegraph pole in Earl Stonham shortly after 2.30pm today – sparking hours of closures on the major road between Ipswich and Norwich.

Both occupants inside the truck were unhurt from the crash, which residents said made a “large bang” heard across the area.

Pictures from the scene showed debris spread across the road, while the truck has completely blocked both carriageways.

Two garden walls were smashed during the crash Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNTwo garden walls were smashed during the crash Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Local resident Mike Peters, whose garden wall was hit by the truck, said the junction has been “an accident waiting to happen” for years.

Mr Peters said: “It is not the first time my wall has been damaged due to an accident – they have also hit my tree which is now leaning over.

“I had been out cutting my grass two hours earlier so it was a lucky escape.”

The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Mr Peters added a speed camera at the junction had been out of action for several years, though the cause of today’s accident is unknown.

The extent of the road’s closure eventually spread from the junction with the A1120 until the junction with Needham Road.

The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

One motorist caught up in the disruption on his drive home from work in Ipswich said he would like to see further safety measures added to the road to help prevent further accidents.

They said: “I think it goes to show how dangerous the A140 is as a road – that junction is known to be a bad junction and a nasty one at that – it isn’t the only one along there.

“Something needs to be done about the road as it is the main road connecting Norwich to Ipswich and it is pretty torrid.

The A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThe A140 is currently blocked in both directions after a crane truck overturned in the carriageway in Earl Stonham. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“I’m just glad no one was hurt.”

No other vehicles were involved in the collision.

The road remains closed.


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