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Warning to drivers after object thrown from bridge smashes windscreen

Drivers on the A47 in Norfolk are being warned to be on the lookout after a series of incidents where objects were thrown from bridges on vehicles below.

In the latest, a Ford Transit van had its windscreen shattered between the Pullover and Hardwick roundabouts on Monday morning. An unknown object hit the window causing extensive damage.

A Ford Transit had it windscreen shattered on Monday morning. Credit: Norfolk Police

"It is currently unknown what has caused this damage. However, at this time, it is believed that an object may have been thrown from a flyover.

"The victim was travelling at approximately 60-70mph and if he had not acted so swiftly, or the roads were busier, the outcome could have been a lot worse."

– PC Amy Laws, Norfolk Police

On three other occasions a golf ball sized rock has been thrown into the carriageway smashing the windscreens of passing HGVs on the nearby A17.

Other incidents

  • Tuesday 5 July
  • Tuesday 19 July
  • Tuesday 6 September

"We treat reports of this nature very seriously because of the potential repercussions.

"I would like to warn motorists about this worrying trend and ask them to contact us immediately on 999 if they see someone acting suspiciously near to a flyover or the side of the road. ”

– PC Amy Laws, Norfolk Police

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Driver tells inquest woman was pushed in front of his car but evidence inconclusive

Eighteen months after their deaths, mystery still surrounds what happened to a young couple in the moments before being struck by a car as they walked along the A47 in Norfolk.

Nonita Karajevaite (24) and Tadas Zaleskas (26) died on the A47 in Norfolk.

The driver told an inquest the man pushed his fiance into the path of his car.

Witnesses have said the couple were arguing between Wisbech and King's Lynn in July 2014.

Superintendent Paul Durham said the police looked at several scenarios but there was no evidence of any of those:

  • homicide
  • they were fleeing a third party
  • a suicide pact
  • horseplay

The inquest concluded both died as a result of a road traffic collision.

Click below to watch a report on the inquest by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson

MPs: Planned improvements to A47 will not stop us lobbying for more

The A47 which runs from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk to Leicester. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive.

MPs from across the Anglia region will continue to lobby for the A47 to be fully dualled.

The government has already agreed to a £300m investment programme which will see improvements at key pinch-points including the Acle straight.

They will also see the road - which runs from Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, through Cambridgeshire to Leicester - become a dual carriageway from Dereham through to Acle.

But following a meeting between a number of Norfolk and Suffolk MPs and with Highways England this week, Elizabeth Truss insisted last year's the announcement would not stop them lobbying for further improvements.

"I am keen to ensure that Highways England is planning for the long term so the A47 is future-proofed for further upgrades. Along with my fellow MPs, we want the A47 fully dualled and I have asked Highways England to present the economic case for this."

– Elizabeth Truss MP, South West Norfolk (Cons).

One dead in Peterborough road crash

One person has died after a crash on the A47 in Peterborough.

The collision between two vehicles happened this lunchtime on the Eye bypass near McDonalds.

The A47 has been closed in both directions between the junctions with the A1139 and Crowland Road. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

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Woman killed after cars crash into water-filled ditches

A woman has been killed after two cars collided on the A47 Acle Straight Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman has been killed after two cars collided on the A47 Acle Straight in Norfolk and crashed into water-filled ditches.

Emergency services were called to the scene just before 7.10pm on Wednesday evening after two cars travelling in opposite directions were involved in the crash about a mile from Acle. Both of the cars, a Ford Puma and Skoda Fabia, left the road and came to rest in water filled ditches.

"Firefighters removed the Ford from the ditch allowing the driver and passenger to be rescued while the driver of the Skoda was able to escape unaided. Both drivers were taken to the James Paget University Hospital for treatment while the front seat passenger of the Ford, a woman in her 50s, was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where she later sadly died."

– Norfolk Police

The road was closed for five hours while emergency services carried out initial investigations, cleared the road of debris and recovered the cars.

Police would like to hear from witnesses of the crash.

Minister's A47 road trip is welcomed by campaigners

A47, Norfolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

The campaign to upgrade the A47 has had another boost with the visit of Robert Goodwill, the Parliamentary Secretary of State for Transport, who has driven along the road.

The A47 Alliance which represents businesses and local authorities along the A47 and A12 from Lowestoft to Peterborough has given the Minister an update on their priorities for the road.

They're calling for £416 million of targeted improvements over the next 6 years and a commitment to fully dual the A47 at a cost of £1.4 billion.

Doing this would cut 55 minutes off journey times and would lead to more jobs, homes and an economic boost.

16,890 more jobs

10,585 new homes

An annual £706 million boost in economic output ( GVA)

The Minister is travelling the whole route including the A12 at Lowestoft up to the A1 at Peterborough. He will also meet local MPs along the way.

Toby Coke, Chairman of Norfolk County Council's Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said.

"What we need is firm commitment to fund the upgrading of the entire A47. The Government talks about infrastructure improvement, and it is needed here in Norfolk and our neighbouring counties now.

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