Three killed after a car collided with a lorry on the A47 - road remains closed while police investigate

16:12 26 March 2014

The aftermath of the A47 crash in which three people died. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The aftermath of the A47 crash in which three people died. Picture: Matthew Usher.

© Archant Norfolk 2014

Three people have been confirmed to have died after a car collided with a lorry on the A47 today.

The A47 has been closed in both directions after a crash at East WinchThe A47 has been closed in both directions after a crash at East Winch

Three people have been confirmed to have died after a car collided with a lorry on the A47 today.

Police are still investigating the cause of the head-on crash, which happened on a single carriageway stretch of the road between the Carpenter’s Arms and East Winch Church.

The dead have not been named, but are understood to be a middle-aged couple and a man in his 30s, who are not from Norfolk.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance said: “Despite the best efforts of all those at the scene, unfortunately nothing could be done to help these patients. Our thoughts are with their family and friends at this sad and difficult time.”

The driver of the articulated lorry, which was believed to be travelling on the east-bound carriageway, received what were described as minor injuries.

The A47 is not expected to re-open until at least 6pm. Drivers face long diversions via Downham Market and A134 and A1101, or the A149 and B1145 Gayton roads.

Specialist crash investigators have been called in to examine the crash scene. While visibility was good, the weather was cold and overcast and the road had seen a light amount of rain.

Officers will examine the vehicles involved, to check for defects which might have contributed to the collision, such as defective brakes or worn tyres.

More news stories

Yesterday, 15:21
Wisbech Church Terrace car park toilets. Picture: Steve Williams.

Three women who tried to call the non-emergency police line to report a man asleep in public toilets in Wisbech gave up after being put on hold for more than ten minutes - only to discover he died in the cubicle during the night.

Yesterday, 11:04
Aigars Balsevics, Wisbech Cllr for Hill and Staithe. Picture: Steve Williams.

Conservative Aigars Balsevics won the Staithe Ward by-election for Wisbech Town Council in yesterday’s poll with more votes than both his rivals put together.

Yesterday, 17:08
Sixteen Foot Bank. Picture: Steve Williams.

A motorcyclist in his 30s has been airlifted to hospital following what has been described as a “serious collision” on the Sixteen Foot near March.

Yesterday, 15:32
Litter is targeted in the Horsefair

Litter drop louts and cigarette butt throwers face on the spot fines if they are caught dropping their rubbish in the Horsefair shopping centre in Wisbech as part of a new partnership.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Wisbech Standard e-edition today E-edition