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Felixstowe: Lorry crash figures reveal an accident a week

PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 September 2012 | UPDATED: 17:23 14 September 2012

The fatal crash on the A14 near the Trimley sliproad.

The fatal crash on the A14 near the Trimley sliproad.

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FIGURES released by Suffolk police reveal there have been more than 250 crashes involving lorries on the A14 in the past five years where people have been killed or injured.

The statistics have been compiled following the pile-up near the Trimley interchange sliproad on the dual carriageway last month which claimed the life of a grandmother and her 15-year-old grandson.

Driver Christine Taylor, 59, of Clovelly Road, Wyken, died at the scene after her Fiat Punto was in collision with two 38-tonne trucks heading for Felixstowe.

Student and keen carp fisherman William Taylor, of Welsh Road, Coventry, suffered multiple injuries in the accident. He was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridgeshire, but later died.

A second passenger, a man in his 60s believed to be Philip Wall, suffered serious injuries.

His condition in Addenbrooke’s Hospital was yesterday described as “critical but improving”.

The figures for crashes on the A14 involving goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes shows there has been one a week on average since 2008, but the number has been decreasing.

In 2010 there were 71, last year 55 and in the first six months of this year just 18.

The latest came this week when two people were injured, one taken to hospital, after a lorry rolled over at Dock Gate Two at Felixstowe.

Community leaders in Trimley St Martin and Trimley St Mary have called for improvements to the A14 and would like to see the idea of an overtaking ban explored, improved separation of cars and lorries as trucks approach the dock spur junction, and better use of electronic overhead information signs to improve safety.

Police have issued a renewed appeal over the crash at Trimley on August 20.

A spokesman said: “Police have spoken to a number of people who were in the area at the time, but are aware that as this is a busy stretch of road there are likely to be a number of other people that haven’t as yet come forward.”

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call Pc Andy Smith on 101.

■ A 49-year-old man from Dovercourt was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He was released on police bail and is due to return on October 16.

A top primary school in Martlesham Heath has been given Ofsted’s top rating of ‘outstanding’ in its latest inspection – the first time it achieved the benchmark rating in 50 years.

Women from Suffolk have described how their lives were rocked by “unfair” changes to pension laws.

Murray Park in Ipswich is set to get a trim trail as the latest measure to improve facilities.

A new road, which ran almost £5m over budget, faces fresh controversy after it emerged a council employee involved in the project also completed work for the road’s developers through his private company.

Two high-end cycles – worth £10,000 in total – were stolen after burglars broke into a garage in Elmsett, near Hadleigh.

Refugee and asylum seeking women living in Suffolk say getting to grips with the English language is one of the biggest challenges they face.

A damning dossier compiled by a senior whistleblower from the region’s ambulance trust has claimed at least 40 patients died or were harmed due to delays over Christmas and New Year - including one person who froze to death.

A century ago, in December 1917, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, one of the most famous residents of Aldeburgh, died, writes Dr Lucy Harvard.

A senior whistleblower within the region’s ambulance trust has claimed up to 80 people could have died or come to harm because of delays over the Christmas and New Year period.

A three-vehicle crash in Kesgrave this afternoon caused a road to be blocked for more than two hours.

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