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Fresh calls for lower speed limits on the B1108 after driver dies in horror crash at Scoulton

PUBLISHED: 16:30 29 October 2014 | UPDATED: 16:30 29 October 2014

Police investigate the fatal road accident near Scoulton where one person died.
Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Police investigate the fatal road accident near Scoulton where one person died. Picture by SIMON FINLAY.

Archant Norfolk.

A campaigner has launched a fresh appeal to reduce speed limits along a dangerous stretch of road after a man died when his car plunged into a ditch.

Daisy Thomas has been fighting to slow drivers from 50mph to 30mph along the busy B1108 Watton Road from Hingham to Scoulton for 18 months.

On Monday, despite the best efforts of ambulance crews, a man in his 30s was pronounced dead at the scene after his silver Vauxhall Astra went into a ditch at Scoulton.

The 21-year-old said: “It’s a real shame because it’s so horrible and it makes you wonder whether if they had lowered the speed limit whether he would have died. There’s a family out there grieving their loss and it could have been avoided.”

Her campaign has gained the backing of the town council, Norfolk County Councillor Margaret Dewsbury and those living nearby.

Residents along Watton Road just outside Hingham, want more done about speeding cars following a spate of accidents. Daisy Thomas gathers neighbours to highlight the problem.

Photo: Sonya Duncan Residents along Watton Road just outside Hingham, want more done about speeding cars following a spate of accidents. Daisy Thomas gathers neighbours to highlight the problem. Photo: Sonya Duncan

Sara Harries, 35, who lives on Watton Road, said: “It is a really dangerous stretch of road. Even right through the centre of Hingham they still tear through at much higher speeds.”

Paul Mihalop works at P and D Tank Services on the B1108. He said: “We are trying to get large vehicles in and out of our yard onto road with a limit of 50mph - which is probably too fast anyway - and people are coming along at 55mph plus.

“Unfortunately I think this accident will the first of a handful this year as the roads get greasy and slippery.”

A spokesperson for Norfolk County Council said: “As with every fatality on our roads we will look carefully at the circumstances, working with the police and taking into account the outcome of the inquest, to see if there are any measures we can put in place to make the road safer.”

What do those living on the road think?

• Margaret Wilshaw, 77, who lives on Watton Road in Hingham, said: “There have been people campaigning for a slower speed limit on it for years now. It is a dangerous road - it’s too bendy and too narrow for people to be coming round at 50 or 60mph.

“My son had a minor scrape a couple of years ago when a van came round a corner too fast. Luckily it wasn’t serious but it could have been worse.”

• Tony Parker, 28, who lives along the B1108 in Scoulton, said: “I didn’t hear the crash yesterday but I knew something had happened when I saw the traffic building up. It is such sad news and I do hope that something can be done to stop something similar happening in the future.

“It is a dangerous stretch of road - I don’t know of any other such serious accidents so close to us.”

• Jenny Moore, 85, said: “They do roar along those roads - and often going much faster than the speed limit, which is already too high I think.”

He added that the council hopes to reduce the limit on Frost Row, in Hingham, from 50mph to 40mph in the hopes of improving conditions throughout the area.

Police are appealing for information on the accident, which happened at around 1.15pm on Monday, October 27.

Scene of many accidents

With its narrow lanes and sharp bends, the B1108 has become the backdrop of dozens of tragic accidents.

In August, 23-year-old Leanne Warnes was driving from Norwich to Watton when she was involved in a crash with another car near Hingham.

She suffered neck, chest and knee injuries which were not serious.

In April, Watton Road was closed at Barford both ways because of a four-vehicle crash.

The incident involved a Nissan 4x4, a Vauxhall Cavalier, a foreign registered VW Lupo and a VW van.

In September 2013, the road was blocked at Little Melton following a crash, while in August two incidents saw a car roll on its side and a crash block the Watton Road at Bawburgh.

In July, a motorcyclist was killed near Watton.

Robert Muggeridge, of Puddledock Farm in Great Hockham, died when his motorbike collided with a mini-bus.

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