Family left funeral party to help man injured in Middleton A47 crash

Emergency services at the scene of a RTC on the A47 at Middleton, between a lorry and a car. ANL-140417-170526001

Emergency services at the scene of a RTC on the A47 at Middleton, between a lorry and a car. ANL-140417-170526001

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A family ran from a wake to help a man who was injured after a crash in Middleton earlier today (Thursday, April 17).

Caroline Prince got into the smoking car to hold the man’s neck shortly after the vehicle was involved in a collision with a lorry on the A47 Lynn Road at 1.50pm. The car had also hit a wall.

The man and woman, who were both travelling in the car, were taken to Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Ms Prince and her uncle, Brian Page, left a funeral party for Peter Ewing in The Crown to help until a female doctor, who lives in the village, arrived to take over. The woman, travelling in the car, was out when Ms Prince arrived.

Mr Page said oil was dripping from the engine and the front wheel was detached from the car.

Ms Prince, who lives in Worcester, said: “I got into the back of the car and tried to hold the man’s head still and talk to him. You see it on the television so I thought I ought to do that.

“The man was conscious and talking. He said he was in a lot of pain and didn’t know what happened.

“If you see someone in trouble you try to help them.”

Mr Page said: “The man was very keen to get out.

“The fire fighters and medical crews did a brilliant job.”

Dyanne Replogle is unable to get to her home in West Hill Barn, on the outskirts of the village, as the road is blocked.

She said: “It has happened at least three times.”

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the East Anglian Air Ambulance were called to the scene in Lynn Road, close to the Crown pub, at 1.48pm.

Paramedic Officer, Terry Hicks, attended the scene. He said: “The car had gone into a wall after colliding with the lorry and a man was trapped inside. It was a tricky extrication and the man suffered injuries to his shoulder, arm and pelvis but he was quite lucky as they weren’t as serious as we first thought.

“We also treated a woman for what could be a serious pelvic injury. Both were conveyed by land to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.”

The A47 is closed in both directions at Middleton, six fire engines were also on the scene.