Pedestrian killed in horrific crash

By David LennardA PEDESTRIAN was killed in a horrific accident that saw a car mount the pavement of a busy high street and crash into a shop.A 58-year-old woman was walking along the pavement in High Street, Southwold, yesterday when she collided with a Land Rover that had gone off the road following an accident with another vehicle.

By David Lennard

A PEDESTRIAN was killed in a horrific accident that saw a car mount the pavement of a busy high street and crash into a shop.

A 58-year-old woman was walking along the pavement in High Street, Southwold, yesterday when she collided with a Land Rover that had gone off the road following an accident with another vehicle.

Fire crews and medical teams fought for an hour to free the woman, who was trapped underneath the Land Rover.


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The woman, from the Norwich area, was flown to James Paget Hospital, Gorleston, by the East Anglian Air Ambulance, but died from her injuries shortly after arrival.

A second pedestrian, a 52-year-old man also from the Norwich area, also collided with the Land Rover. He suffered chest injuries and was taken to James Paget Hospital by ambulance.

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The drivers and passengers in the vehicles involved in the accident were not believed to be seriously injured.

The accident happened at about 2.35pm when the Land Rover was involved in a collision with a Peugeot car as it travelled along High Street, before mounting the pavement and colliding with the pedestrians.

The Land Rover ended up crashing into the front of the offices of solicitors Margary and Miller and neighbouring Squires Tea Room in High Street.

Southwold High Street was sealed off for several hours as emergency service teams worked to treat the injured pedestrians and launched an investigation into the accident.

Fire crews from Southwold, Halesworth and the rescue tender from Lowestoft were quickly on the scene and managed to free the trapped woman by 3.40pm.

She was flown to hospital by the East Anglian Air Ambulance, which had landed in the town's Market Place, in front of the Swan Hotel.

Southwold mayor, Geraldine Bryant, who was in the area when the accident happened, said: “It is terrible thing to have happened and our thoughts are with all those involved.”

Anyone with information should contact Sgt Chris Rodda, of Suffolk police, on 01473 613500.

david.lennard@eadt.co.uk

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