Motorcyclist left seriously injured after A17 crash

RTA at Terrington St Clement on the A17 ANL-160623-083826009
RTA at Terrington St Clement on the A17 ANL-160623-083826009

A serious crash between a motorbike and a car on the A17 at Terrington St Clement on Wednesday has left a motorcyclist seriously injured.

The rider, a man in his 20s, was taken by air ambulance to Addenbrooke’s hospital following the collision, and was treated for multiple injuries; the driver of the car did not sustain any injuries.

The incident has renewed calls for road safety issues along the A17 to be re-evaluated.

And officials have admitted that the seven average speed cameras installed on the stretch of road between Lynn and Sutton Bridge in February are not yet in use.

Anne Pointin, safety camera team manager for Norfolk police, said: “When the cameras go live depends on a third-party supplier who deal with the technical side of things.

“We are hoping that they will become live in August or September.”

The Station Road junction, where the crash happened, is seen as a particularly dangerous spot after a number serious and fatal collisions in recent years .

In December last year, a fatal crash led to calls for a roundabout to be installed at the site.

An online petition at the time demanding the new layout gathered more than 5,500 signatures.

Sheila Young, who represents Terrington St Clement on West Norfolk Council, said: “The only solution at that junction is traffic lights.”

A Magpas air ambulance was among the emergency units called to the scene. Their crews found the rider had sustained serious chest and abdominal injuries.

He was said to be in a serious but stable condition in hospital yesterday.

The road was closed while emergency services dealt with the incident and fully re-opened at 8pm on Wednesday.

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the crash between the blue Toyota Auris and a blue Yamaha R6 motorbike on Wednesday.

A Norfolk Police spokesman said yesterday: “We are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has information concerning the driving manner of either vehicle prior to the incident.”

Witnesses should contact Swaffham Road policing unit on 101.