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Cyclist killed in two-car collision in Norfolk; police say 'low winter sun' a problem on the roads that day

Police also seek information about male cyclist found dead in country lane in North Wales

A cyclist has been killed in a collision in Norfolk in a two-car collision on Sunday in what police said were difficult conditions due to low winter sun, and a local councillor said was an 'accident blackspot'.

An unnamed male cyclist died at the scene, and the driver of a silver Ford Focus was taken to hospital with minor injuries. The second driver, of a grey Volkswagen Jetta, was unharmed.

Ian Graham, Broadland district councillor for Aylsham, told the Eastern Daily Press: “You do get a lot of traffic on that road and it is a 50mph speed limit but a lot of traffic, especially from Aylsham, does not obey the speed limit. Speeding is not unusual there.”

Staff and customers of the Plough Inn, close to the scene on the A140 in Marsham, went to help when the collision happened at around 2.55pm.

Roger Stock, owner of the Plough, said: “We did what we could and that was talk to the ambulance staff. There were several customers who could help and a couple of them were medically trained.”

Part-time teacher Kate Ross, 36, who lives close to the Plough, had driven past the cyclist on the road before the crash happened.

She said he was wearing a helmet, high visibility clothing and had lights on his bike.

She added: “This road for cyclists really dangerous. I wouldn’t cycle on it. I saw a car veer across the road and hit a lamp post. The amount of accidents on the A140 is not a surprise anymore.”

Police have appealed for any witnesses to the crash to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team at Wymondham on 101.

@NorfolkPolice tweeted: "dealing with several road traffic collisions around Norfolk at present. take extra care - low winter sun affecting visibility #norfolkroads"

In addition, a cyclist was found dead in the road in North Wales, with police seeking anyone with information.

Police say he is believed he came off his bike in Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, Ruthin, where he was found at around midday on Saturday, November 30.

The man, who is believed to be from the Stockport area, was pronounced dead at the scene. If his death was due to a motor vehicle it will be the 16th on the roads in November.

Inquiries are currently continuing to establish the full circumstances of the incident, but anyone with information is encouraged to contact North Wales Police on 101 quoting ref no P195897.

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