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

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.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
1:56 PM

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

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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.

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!

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    Ted Maul

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • i blame the parents.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    J

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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

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    L9ghtjw003

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

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