'It's devastating': Shock after woman dies in A148 crash

A silver Vauxhall Insignia — driving in the direction of King's Lynn — was involved in a crash on the A148.

A silver Vauxhall Insignia — driving in the direction of King's Lynn — was involved in a crash on the A148. - Credit: Sarah Hussain

People living in a Norfolk village have been left reeling following a fatal crash nearby in the early hours of Christmas Eve.

A silver Vauxhall Insignia was travelling on the A148 in the direction of King's Lynn before the collision at around 1.35am on Friday, December 24.

Emergency services were called to the scene and the 60mph road was closed for more than eight hours.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the fatal collision on the A148, close to the junction with Abbey Lane. 

Police are appealing for witnesses following the fatal collision on the A148 near Coxford, close to the junction with Abbey Lane. - Credit: Sarah Hussain

The passenger in the car, a woman in her 40s, died at the scene of the crash which took place on the outskirts of Coxford village, close to the Abbey Lane junction.

A man in his 20s was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drink driving.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the fatal collision on the A148, close to the junction with Abbey Lane. 

Police are appealing for witnesses following the fatal collision on the A148 near Coxford, close to the junction with Abbey Lane. - Credit: Sarah Hussain

Someone living nearby, who did not want to be named, said accidents in the area were "quite common", adding she had heard of numerous collisions along the A148 in recent weeks.

She added: "I had one myself a month ago up the road.

"The ones that I'm thinking of which have happened recently have been minor injuries."

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She added: "This news is so sad, especially at this time of year."

The incident took place close to the junction with Abbey Lane. 

Police are appealing for witnesses following the fatal collision on the A148 near Coxford, close to the junction with Abbey Lane. - Credit: Sarah Hussain

Two dogwalkers, who also did not wish to be named, said they were alerted to the incident when traffic was being diverted through Coxford.

Another local, James Hibbert, said: "There was a similar crash a couple of years ago."

A villager, who also asked to remain anonymous, said she was woken up by the sound of her dogs barking at around 2am and saw blue lights flashing and an ambulance parked outside her driveway.

She said she then looked up the road and saw fire engines.

Speaking about the crash, she said: "It's devastating, heartbreaking really."

And Douglas Gordon, who has lived in the village for 40 years, said emergency services were still on scene at around 9am.

Chris Morley, councillor for the Rudham ward, previously expressed his condolences to "all concerned".

He added: "Nobody sets out on a journey for this to happen. A tragedy on a festive occasion.” 

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident and anyone with information should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on SCIU@norfolk.pnn.police.uk and ask for PC Shaun Taylor. 

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers 100pc anonymously on 0800 555 111.