December 7 2013 Latest news:
Story by: JOHN ELWORTHY
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
A DRIVER who says he was distracted ended up in a ditch alongside the A141 at Westry near March this afternoon.
The man, driving a blue Peugeot, left the road on the approach to March and ended up immersed in the undergrowth.
The man, who has not been named but is thought to be a local fast food restaurant owner, was unhurt.
He told photographer Steve Williams he was “distracted” and realised he had left the road and was heading into the ditch. It is not know if any passengers were in the car but the driver insisted no one had been injured.
Police reduced traffic to single lane whilst they dealt with the incident and a break down lorry recovered the car.
Elsewhere in the region a woman who was killed on the A47 near Peterborough had just celebrated her fifth wedding anniversary.
Samantha Jayne Durber, 27, of Fletton, died when the Ford Focus she was in collided with a Land Rover Discovery near Sacrewell Farm on Sunday. A man in the car also died and a three year old boy was seriously injured
It was a busy Bank Holiday weekend for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST), with more than 7,500 emergency 999 calls being made.
In total, EEAST received 7851 calls from Saturday August 24 – Monday August 26; an increase of more than 4% compared to last year’s August Bank Holiday weekend. Of these calls, 3794 people were taken to hospital.
Calls ranged from overdoses, to serious road traffic collisions, to cardiac arrests.
Marcus Bailey, Interim Consultant Paramedic for EEAST, said: “We received a variety of calls over the Bank Holiday including 14 calls for burn related incidents, 57 for cardiac arrests, and 182 calls for suspected strokes.
“The damp weather ensured we didn’t receive any calls relating to heat exposure, but we did attend 155 road traffic collision; 27 up on last year, and including a double fatality on the A47. The biggest reason for people calling us was for falls: with almost 2,000 calls being made.”
EEAST receive more than 2,000 emergency 999 calls every day. For advice on when to call 999, visit: http://www.eastamb.nhs.uk/about-us/999-service.htm