Lorry driver trapped as crash closes road

A LORRY driver was flown to hospital after being trapped in his cab for almost three hours when his HGV overturned.

The accident happened on the A11 near Thetford shortly before 10.25am today.

Motorists were warned there were likely to be long delays after the collision between a car and the lorry on the dual carriageway at Bridgham Heath in Norfolk.

The lorry is believed to have left the road and ploughed into a ditch.

The 32-year-old driver was badly trapped and firefighters took almost three hours to free him from his cab.

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The accident happened on the Norwich-bound carriageway which had to be shut.

Police also had to close the Thetford-bound carriageway to allow the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Anglia One, to land in a field adjacent to the A11.

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Critical care paramedics Jemma Varela and Andy Downes attend the patient while he was trapped in his cab, administering pain relief and monitoring injuries to his leg and arm.

Once he had been freed they immobilised his spine and flew him to the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, arriving at 2pm.

His condition was described as stable.

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