Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 4°C

Search

Update: A14 westbound reopens after four-vehicle crash between Shell garage and Orwell Bridge in Ipswich

13:56 05 March 2014

A four-vehicle crash on the A14 close to the Orwell Bridge has closed one lane westbound, causing rush-hour congestion for commuters.

A four-vehicle crash on the A14 close to the Orwell Bridge has closed one lane westbound, causing rush-hour congestion for commuters.

Archant

A four-vehicle crash on the A14 close to the Orwell Bridge caused delays for morning rush-hour commuters today.

shares

One man is in hospital with neck injuries not thought to be life-threatening after three cars and a van were involved in a collision between the Shell garage and the Orwell Bridge at around 7.45am today.

It prompted heavy congestion for motorists eastbound and westbound on the A14 between the Copdock and Nacton interchanges throughout the morning rush hour.

The vehicles were recovered and the road reopened at 9.35am, a Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said.

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said paramedics treated a man in his 40s for neck injuries at the scene.

“He was placed on a spinal board and taken to Ipswich Hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening,” he said.

The accident involved a Vauxhall Vivaro van, a Fiat Panda, a Renault Scenic and a Hyundai i20.

shares

17 comments

  • Once again the shell garage slip road causes another accident, but luckily we'll soon have a 60mph limit on the bridge as a solution. Oh hang on, the shell garage slip road is before you get to the bridge! Wrong solution. D'Oh!

    Report this comment

    Ted Maul

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • i blame the parents.

    Report this comment

    TERENCE MANNING

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • There is clearly an issue with the slip road due to the number of accidents but as ever I think if people changed their driving style and stopped following so closely most of these could be avoided. Crashes are caused by someone and as drink drivers are named I think it’s about time they started to name those that cause crashes and cause commuters misery plus the Police need to clear roads quicker. Two out of the four vehicles I passed this morning looked derivable and all could have been towed by the constabulary rather than waiting for recovery trucks.

    Report this comment

    Tally

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Why does it always take so long to get the vehicles recovered? There should be a plan in place to remove vehicles quickly if an accident occurs.

    Report this comment

    RC

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Im sorry but as usual people looking for an excuse other than the fact there are just too many awful drivers on the road. there is nothing wrong with the petrol station, there is a slip road with clear visablity down the duel carridge way. for some reason drivers seem to lack the understanding that you give way on slip roads. its quite simple if you can't join you stop and wait. Never once have i had a problem at this petrol station. Now what would be nice is if something could be done about the bump in the carridge way just past the petrol station.

    Report this comment

    Chubby Chops

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Driven Roundabend, as this is a trunk road, the Highways Agency would advise on and approve the length and layout of the in and out slip-roads. I think the A12 - B1070 junction south of Ipswich also has short acceleration lanes. Th HA should know better.

    Report this comment

    rustic

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • How long before there is a fatal accident at that slip road. The entrance and exits to that garage are dangerous - the accident statistics at this spot reflect this and show it to be the no1 accident hotspot in the region. Close the whole place before someone is killed.

    Report this comment

    Silly Uncle Fred

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • How many more accidents in this spot before something is properly done. The petrol station is in a dangerous spot as there is no proper slip road to speak of and too much traffic going at a speed that leaves no room for error.

    Report this comment

    C Smith

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • J - no need to close the garage, just get them to make the slip road longer and put up signs saying slow moving traffic joining road. Problem is this would not make the council or highways agency any money.

    Report this comment

    Bernard Bright

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Perhaps Mr Passmore could spend a little less time on Twitter and put more effort into making sure existing highway code rules are enforced there would be no need for reduced speed limits or expensive infractructure changes.

    Report this comment

    IanW

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Driven Roundabend, as this is a trunk road, the Highways Agency would advise on and approve the length and layout of the in and out slip-roads. I think the A12 - B1070 junction south of Ipswich also has short acceleration lanes. Th HA should know better.

    Report this comment

    rustic

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • Are we sure it had anything to do with the Shell Garage? Could be Ipswich Star propaganda with the collision simply happening before the bridge... although seems rather likely. oh, and just to add... NORTHERN BYPASS NOW!

    Report this comment

    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Bernard - No chance of the slip road being made longer. It is deemed an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and due to this red tape they won't get permission to do it.

    Report this comment

    Needhamlad

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • The responsibility for allowing the petrol station rests with the planners but they are tied by planning law which is down to our politicians so no surprise there then that thing like this happen. All there's been for years is lots of hand wringing and tutting from the local politicians. It's about time they got off their butts and earned those massive pay rises they keep awarding themselves. Yes it's caused by people driving too fast and too close and not being aware of slow moving traffic coming out of the petrol station but ultimately someone has to take control and actually do something and that is the role of our politicians. Get is sorted - now!

    Report this comment

    Driven Roundabend

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • Driven Roundabend, as this is a trunk road, the Highways Agency would advise on and approve the length and layout of the in and out slip-roads. I think the A12 - B1070 junction south of Ipswich also has short acceleration lanes. Th HA should know better.

    Report this comment

    rustic

    Saturday, March 8, 2014

  • Am I being thick. Each time this happens everyone talks about the northern bypass, reducing speed limits...... They state the shell garage as being the major factor. Simple answer then is to close the garage today.

    Report this comment

    J

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • The garage was closed for a week and during that time no incidents...

    Report this comment

    L9ghtjw003

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Mick McCarthy, Manager of Ipswich Town shouts instructions Bristol City v Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he is as frustrated and agitated as supporters after this afternoon’s 2-1 defeat at relegation-battling Bristol City made it four losses from five games in all competitions.

The Belstead House in Pinweood, Ipswich.

Frustrated councillors who object to plans to build 155 homes in their parish are threatening legal action against planners.

Former Met police officer Colin Sutton with his dog Jasper

Many might describe Colin Sutton as a ‘proper copper’ - the sort with blue blood running through his family’s veins.

Eddie the Eagle movie starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman

It’s the ultimate underdog story – and one of Suffolk’s most famous sons has lent his songwriting skills to its big screen dramatisation.

A file  picture of the A14.

A man was taken to hospital after he came off the motorcycle he was riding.

Ellen and her family

There is a nasty rumour going round the playground, writes Ellen Widdup.

A file picture of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service.

Firefighters were called to a home in Springfield Road in the early hours.

Tim Passmore has vowed to tackle FGM

Police in Suffolk have said tackling Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and sexual abuse is a key priority, and have vowed to take a “zero tolerance” approach to the issue.

Fun at Sutton Hoo this half-term

For more days out suggestions, see our packed Event guide in the paper every Friday or check out @WhatsonWayne on Twitter.

Sleepless in Seattle

Instead of splashing out on an expensive meal this Valentine’s, why not have a romantic night in watching a themed film?

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24