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Man in his 20s dies in fatal South Norfolk crash

PUBLISHED: 08:51 31 January 2018 | UPDATED: 16:19 31 January 2018

Church road in South Lopham along which a man has died after a RTA
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018

Church road in South Lopham along which a man has died after a RTA Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Archant 2017

A man in his 20s has died following a road crash in a village.

Church road in South Lopham along which a man has died after a RTA
Byline: Sonya Duncan
Copyright: Archant 2018Church road in South Lopham along which a man has died after a RTA Byline: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2018

Police are appealing for witnesses after a black Volkswagen Polo and a gold Land Rover Freelander were involved in a collision in Church Lane, South Lopham shortly after 6.40pm on Tuesday, January 30.

Fire crews from Diss and Thetford attended and used hydraulic rescue equipment to release two casualties.

However, the driver of the Polo died at the scene while the driver of the Freelander, believed to be an elderly man, was not injured but taken by ambulance to a West Suffolk Hospital for precautionary checks.

Rees Eagle, a worker at a pig farm near the site of the incident, said: “I saw the truck with its back end up in the hedge from where I was.

“It can be a very dodgy road when slippery.”

Church Lane remained closed whilst emergency services, including the air ambulance, attended and drivers were redirected until the road reopened around midnight.

Josh Bailey, a resident who lives in nearby North Lopham, said: “I could see the lights from my window and as we drove past it looked like a serious affair.

“I was just going outside to repair my car, if I had gone out earlier I might have heard it happen.

“My thoughts go out to the family and friends of those involved.”

Breckland Council leader William Nunn could see the full force of the emergency response from his home, which is just a few hundred yards away from the scene.

“The sky was glowing blue and my wife told me the air ambulance was circling overhead,” he said.

“Many years ago we were involved in an accident on the same road.

“It’s very straight and we were overtaking a slow lorry which turned into the road and knocked us into a ditch.

“The car was completely bashed up but we were both fine.”

Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the crash, particularly anyone who saw the driving manner of either vehicle prior to the incident.

Witnesses should contact the serious collision investigation team at Wymondham police station on 101.

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