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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.


£10,000 reward for information over fatal crash

A man from Dereham who was seriously injured last year in a collision on the A47, in which a woman died, has offered a reward for information.

Andrew Scottow was driving a red Skoda Felicia on the 14th February 2013 when he swerved to avoid a black car which was driving erratically.

This caused Andrew to lose control of his car and he was involved in a head on collision with a green Peugeot 406.

52 year old Kim Utting who was a passenger in the green Peugeot died as a result of the collision.

Andrew Scottow himself sustained serious injuries and spent weeks in hospital.

Despite numerous appeals, the identity of the black car is still unknown so Mr Scottow is now offering a £10,000 reward for information.

Someone knows who the driver of that black car was. I want them to think about what the result of that driver’s actions has been to Mrs Utting’s family, my long term injuries, and hopefully, with a bit of incentive, they will come forward and do the right thing.”

– Andrew Scottow

Work due to start on A47 at Postwick

A nineteen million pound improvement project is due to start on the A47 at Postwick near Norwich.

Government funding was granted 5 years ago, but it's been subject to a number of legal challenges.

The work is intended to release land for up for 1,600 homes and make it easier to build a planned northern bypass round the city.

Lorry, tractor and tanker crash closes A47

Police say a lorry, a tractor and a tanker were involved in a crash which has closed the A47 Eastbound just outside Norwich. The incident took place on the section of the road heading towards Harford Bridges just after Thickthorn roundabout.

Norfolk Police say there do not appear to be any major injuries but the road will be closed for some time while investigations are carried out.

Traffic is being diverted off the A47 and Norfolk Constabulary would urge motorists to try to find alternative routes at this time.

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