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Update: A14 re-opens following early morning collision - man in Addenbrookes Hospital with life threatening injuries

12:26 16 January 2015

Recovery crews remove the lorry involved iin the crash on the A14 at Trimley. Photograph Simon Parker

Recovery crews remove the lorry involved iin the crash on the A14 at Trimley. Photograph Simon Parker

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The A14 near Trimley has completely re-opened following a road traffic collision early this morning.

Recovery crews remove the lorry involved iin the crash on the A14 at Trimley. Photograph Simon ParkerRecovery crews remove the lorry involved iin the crash on the A14 at Trimley. Photograph Simon Parker

Police were called shortly after 1am this morning to reports of a collision between a lorry and a car.

The man driving the car suffered life threatening injuries, and has been taken to Addenbrookes Hospital.

Kevin Smith, a driver travelling on the eastbound carriageway who was first at the scene said: “I held the car driver’s hand to reassure him there was someone there while calling the emergency services on my phone. He was conscious but mumbling and confused, not screaming in pain despite being severely trapped in his car.

“The police arrived first and while they attended to the man I helped to shut off the lorry engine by kinking the fuel line from the tank until the engine stopped, because the key could not be turned to kill the engine.”

Recovery crews remove the lorry involved iin the crash on the A14 at Trimley. Photograph Simon ParkerRecovery crews remove the lorry involved iin the crash on the A14 at Trimley. Photograph Simon Parker

“There was debris all over the eastbound carriageway, but the lorry driver was ok, even though the driver’s side of the cab had ripped off in the impact.”

“It feels strange because at the time you get on with what you have to do, but afterwards you think that could have been me.”

The westbound carriageway was closed between the Trimley interchange and Trimley onslip, while one lane heading eastbound was also closed between junction 58 for Seven Hills and junction 59 for Trimley St Martin.

All lanes have now been re-opened.

A diversion is in place through High Road in Trimley and Felixstowe Road, and the A1156 back to junction 58, while emergency services carry out investigation work at the scene.

Motorists are advised that congestion and severe delays are likely.

Anyone with information should contact Suffolk police on 101.

14 comments

  • kevin, where did i say the ENGINE was smoking? you were there first, who cares? Brother would have definitely run back to the accident as he had swerved up the bank to avoid the car and it hit the lorry behind. As i said previously, the camera footage has been taken by the police and a statement was given at the scene as i'm sure you did too. I hope the man makes a full recovery.

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    aaron

    Wednesday, January 21, 2015

  • Aaron, if your brother was the other lorry driver who ran back towards the crash scene from where he stopped, then I was there first because I stopped my lorry right next to the crash and when your brother got there he asked to borrow my torch. The lorry engine was not smoking, it was just he exhaust fumes, if you weren't there, best not to try and create a story from hearsay.

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    Kevin Smith

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

  • First and foremost we must think of those in hospital in a critical condition and the others affected by these rta's, not worry about our journey being held up, if it was my family member with serious injuries i would want the most thorough of investigations. I would say however that the guy who gave his interview to eadt was not the first on the scene, my brother was and he saw what happened, he felt he could not help the driver of the car but was able to get the seat back from the lorry and release the driver and carry him to the side of the road, he was also there when the police and fire brigade arrived and the firemen managed to turn off the lorry which was smoking. He gave a statement to the police at the scene and they have since examined footage of the accident from his onboard video camera. He is now in a terrible state and can only worry about the driver of the car, as you all should do, the reasons are irrelevant, the effects for all are only too real!

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    aaron

    Monday, January 19, 2015

  • The absolute disrespect, how dare someone say it was a deliberate act! A very close friend of mine is laying critical in hospital and it's actualy very hurtful and angering to read. Maybe keep opinions to yourself if you don't know the facts, no matter who your "reliable source" is doesn't mean they know the story.

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    Jessica Stephens

    Sunday, January 18, 2015

  • Reliable source: unfortunately the car driver was at fault. Let's hope he recovers from his injuries and the lorry driver isn't to traumatised by what happened.

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    jay jay

    Saturday, January 17, 2015

  • I apologise for my comment regarding Mr smith I thought it was the lorry driver that helped the injured gentleman. Once again very sorry mr smith. And I don't normally judge anyone I beli in facts.

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    keith

    Saturday, January 17, 2015

  • Erm 'Keith' if you read the article you'll see that Kevin Smith did in fact stop, comfort the injured gentleman and assist in turning the truck engine off. Perhaps think before judging others!

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    Seasidemac

    Saturday, January 17, 2015

  • Yes I to would like you to reveal your reliable source ?? Because if I was you I would get another source as no one knows from my information what the cause was and they is a seriously injured male in hospital who's family should not have to read these sort of comments at this time. The police will investigate and decide what happened. And the person who said he was there well it's a shame you didn't stop to help. ! Facts not fiction please.

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    keith

    Saturday, January 17, 2015

  • where does it say it was a crime scene?? and where is your reliable source, please reveal as from what I can see your information seems to come from the beano comic

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    Alf Jackson

    Saturday, January 17, 2015

  • I too heard that the car driver was the problem here and this comes from a very reliable source, it seems it may have been a deliberate act and as it has been said it was a crime scene so of course it will take time.

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    C Smith

    Friday, January 16, 2015

  • Smokie With life threatening injuries involved and the circumstances involved the scene is treated as a crime scene and the police need to gather evidence and the circumstances leading to the event.Which as you can appreciate the time the accident occurred it is better to access the scene during daylight hours and make sure all the evidence is gathered and not missed.If it was a member of your family i am sure you would want to know what happened and why.Bit late once it is swept to the side of the road.

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    comments

    Friday, January 16, 2015

  • I was there, the car was travelling on the wrong side of the road, going east on the westbound side. That is what should be answered.

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    Kevin Smith

    Friday, January 16, 2015

  • My thoughts are very much with the family of those involved. Why is the road still closed it cannot take this long to clear a road and do an investigation? There must be .more done to clear the roads after an accident much quicker.

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    smokie

    Friday, January 16, 2015

  • Yet another road closing accident in the middle of the night when there is very little on the roads. Why?

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    amsterdam81

    Friday, January 16, 2015

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