Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 11°C

Search

Traffic chaos on A14 after crash on bridge

09:06 15 September 2010

The scene of the crash on the Orwell Bridge

The scene of the crash on the Orwell Bridge

Archant

A MAJOR road has been cleared after a three vehicle smash brought traffic to a halt for more than two hours, causing chaos for drivers in and around Ipswich.

shares
Traffic delays in the wake of the crash

MOTORISTS faced hours of delays after a three-vehicle smash led to chaos on the A14.

Paramedics took one person to hospital following the collision, which brought traffic to a standstill for more than two hours.

The crash happened at around 2pm yesterday when a blue Citroen Saxo, a silver Ford Mondeo and a red Ford Transit tipper truck collided on the Orwell Bridge.

Traffic ground to a halt as police closed off the westbound carriageway of the road which links Ipswich with Felixstowe.

The crash was first reported as a multi-vehicle collision but emergency services determined that three vehicles had been involved.

Three fire crews were also sent to the scene to cut open the Citroen, in which an injured driver was trapped.

Paramedics took the casualty to Ipswich Hospital with possible spine or neck injuries which were not thought to be serious.

An East of England Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The patient was collared and boarded, which implies a suspected spine or neck injury.”

The road was blocked for two hours to allow rescuers to free the injured driver.

Residual delays continued into the early evening as rush-hour commuters made their way home.

Traffic on surrounding minor roads was also sluggish as diverted motorists opted to travel on other routes.

A police spokeswoman said: “The westbound carriageway of the A14 was blocked for some time, causing considerable tailbacks.”

By 4pm the road had been reopened but drivers were still complaining of queuing traffic.

Earlier, a woman was airlifted to hospital after a crash in Essex left her trapped in her car.

Emergency services were called at 11.40am to the A120 at Coggeshall, where they found two cars had collided with an HGV.

One woman who was trapped in her car was released by firefighters by 12.05pm.

Both an ambulance and air ambulance were called to the scene.

A spokeswoman for the ambulance service said that the accident had been “very serious” and the woman, believed to be in her 60s, had suffered head injuries. She was taken to Queen’s hospital in Romford.

The lorry driver was taken to Colchester General Hospital for further assessment.

shares

1 comment

  • I know this comment has nothing to do with this story so I apologise in advance. I would just like to know why the eadt website is so slow, it has nothing to do with time of day and the usual bla bla bla. It's got to where i give up waiting for the site sometimes and use other sites for local news. Kind of reminds me of the ol dial up days.

    Report this comment

    ran 528

    Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ronald Chisnall

An 89-year-old widower who sexually assaulted two schoolgirls at his Ipswich home has been jailed for 34 months.

Fire crews at the scene of a fire behind the former Burton's factory in Ipswich Waterfront

Firefighters have been called to a fire at the former Burton’s factory on Ipswich Waterfront.

Jonathan Dotchin, Kezi Mellen UCS LGBT+ society with Valerie Jarvis of Theta Cafe with some of the items collected for Calais refugees.

Members of a university Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) society have launched a collection for refugees in Calais.

The police helicopter was deployed to help with the search.

The police helicopter was deployed to help find a young man after his family raised concern for his wellbeing.

Shotley wins Village of the Year.

Shotley has been announced the winner of the annual Suffolk Village of the Year competition.

It won't be the real thing, sadly, but there is an Abba tribute in Colchester this weekend

Brave the September weather this weekend and treat family and friends to a day out in East Anglia. Unsure where to go? Here are 10 events you shouldn’t miss:

Drink driver in court

An army driver’s career is hanging in the balance after he was caught driving while nearly three times the alcohol limit.

Dr Fayez Ayache is heartbroken by the escalating problems in his homeland

“Syria should be the most secure place in the middle east, but it’s the most destructive place on earth.”

The area of memory trees in Rushmere St Andrew which could be set for development. Bruce Goudy (member of Sorry) is pictured.

The family of an Ipswich soldier killed in Afghanistan in 2007 are joining a growing campaign against a development which could see a tree planted in his memory lost.

The A14

Emergency teams worked to release a man trapped in his car after it overturned on the A14.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages