Mystery surrounds Mundford crash

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Mystery surrounds the circumstances behind a crash in which a 64-year-old lorry driver died.

Laurence Hickman, of Runcton Road, South Runcton, was declared dead at the scene after his Iveco lorry left the A1065, near Mundford, and hit a tree on the morning of December 8.

An inquest earlier today (Monday, May 16) was told that lorry driver Ceridgwyn Gilham had seen dust move across the road shortly before coming across the lorry and dialled 999.

In a statement read out at the hearing, Mr Gilham said the cab was ‘totally unrecognizable due to the impact’.

The inquest also heard that Mr Hickman had not made any attempt to break or steer after the lorry had left the road.

The hearing in Lynn was told that no trace of alcohol or drugs had been found in Mr Hickman’s system while there were no defects with the lorry he was driving.

The cause of death was multiple injuries caused by the crash.

Collision investigator Pc Paul McKay had put forward a likely assumption being sleepiness or a brief moment of inattention. He also told the hearing that a speedometer recovered from the cab indicated a speed of 33mph.

Assistant coroner David Osborne made no formal findings on that assumption and also ruled out suicide. He recorded a verdict of death by road traffic collision.