Three die in A47 horror collision at East Winch

Work underway to repair the damaged road surface after yesterday's multiple fatal crash on the A47 at East Winch. ANL-140327-121540001

Work underway to repair the damaged road surface after yesterday's multiple fatal crash on the A47 at East Winch. ANL-140327-121540001

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Three people were killed on Wednesday in an horrific smash involving a car and a lorry on the A47 at East Winch.

Police closed off a 15-mile stretch for more than eight hours from 11.15am after a Kia Cee’d and a lorry collided near a bend on Lynn Road.

Jeffrey and Marion Hain and their son, Christopher, of Haugh Lane, Newhey, Rochdale. All three members of family died in car crash near Kings Lynn, Norfolk on 26/3/14. They are  pictured with theformer  Bishop of Manchester Nigel McCulloch during a visit to St Thomas Church, Newhey. 100% ID from Vicar of St Thomas Sue Ward

Jeffrey and Marion Hain and their son, Christopher, of Haugh Lane, Newhey, Rochdale. All three members of family died in car crash near Kings Lynn, Norfolk on 26/3/14. They are pictured with theformer Bishop of Manchester Nigel McCulloch during a visit to St Thomas Church, Newhey. 100% ID from Vicar of St Thomas Sue Ward

Initial witness reports suggest that the silver car drifted into the path of the lorry in the moments before the crash, which happened between the Carpenter’s Arms and All Saints’ Church, East Winch.

The deaths prompted fresh calls from people living in the area to have the speed limit reduced from 50mph to 40mph. It has also renewed the demand for dualling the heavily-used trunk road.

Police arrived at the scene to find quick-thinking students from a sixth form college in Gorleston providing first aid to the elderly couple in the car and a man who was lying on a path.

Their efforts proved to be in vain as paramedics pronounced all three occupants, a man and woman in their 60s and another man in his 30s, dead at the scene.

They are believed to be Jeffrey and Marion Hain with their son Christopher, who were from Newhey, Lancashire.

MP Henry Bellingham has joined the call for the speed limit on that stretch to be reduced, while the parish council is preparing a questionnaire for villagers.

 

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