Man arrested on suspicion of drink and drug driving after fatal crash

The scene near Cherry Lane Garden Centre on the A143 near Fritton in Great Yarmouth

The scene near Cherry Lane Garden Centre on the A143 near Fritton in Great Yarmouth where a man died following a crash on Saturday. - Credit: Anthony Carroll

A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink and drug-driving and causing death by dangerous driving following a crash which saw a man in his 50s die.

The crash happened on the A143 near Fritton in Great Yarmouth at 1.37am on Saturday near to the junction with Lound Road.

The crash involved three vehicles, a silver Mercedes A-Class and a white Scania lorry, which were travelling towards Bradwell and a white VW Caddy van which was travelling towards Beccles.

The scene on the A143 near Fritton in Great Yarmouth where a man died following a crash on Saturday.

The scene on the A143 near Fritton in Great Yarmouth where a man died following a crash on Saturday. - Credit: Anthony Carroll

The Mercedes and VW collided and the front seat passenger of the VW van, a man in his 50s, was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

It is believed the man who died is not from the Great Yarmouth area.

Both drivers suffered injuries and were taken to the James Paget University Hospital for treatment.

The driver of the Mercedes, a 37-year-old man, was later arrested on suspicion of drink driving, drug driving and causing death by dangerous driving.

He was taken to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre for questioning and released under investigation while enquiries continue.

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Both vehicles caught fire after the collision, damaging the road, resulting in the road being closed between the Belton crossroads and Caldecott Hall for repairs.

The road is due to reopen today.

Adrian Myers, Great Yarmouth Borough councillor for Fritton, said he was saddened to hear about the death of the man in his 50s. 

He said: "It is a tragedy that someone has lost their life."

Mr Myers said that in general he was not aware of any safety issues with the stretch of road. 

He added: "I don't think it is a particularly dangerous stretch of road."

Officers are keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the collision or has information concerning the driving manner of the Mercedes prior to the incident.

Witnesses should contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting incident number 26 of October 23.

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