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Update: Police name man killed in horror A14 crash

08:08 27 December 2012

The car damaged when horses strayed onto the A14 at Sproughton on Christmas Eve

The car damaged when horses strayed onto the A14 at Sproughton on Christmas Eve

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POLICE have today named a man killed in a horror crash on the A14 which also left three horses dead.

Thomas Allen, 23, of Soham in Cambridgeshire, died at Ipswich Hospital on Christmas Day after suffering critical head injuries in the accident.

Officers have questioned a man arrested on suspicion of “endangering road users” after six horses apparently strayed onto the A14 in Suffolk, causing the horrific crash.

Emergency services faced a scene of carnage when they arrived at the accident near Sproughton, just outside Ipswich, at about 10.20pm on Christmas Eve.

Up to four cars were thought to have been in collision with five or six loose horses, although one car, a red hatchback saloon, was involved in a particularly serious impact.

Its driver, a 23-year-old man, suffered critical head injuries and police say he died at Ipswich Hospital yesterday.

A 20-year-old woman who was the front-seat passenger was also taken to hospital but her injuries were not believed to be serious. No other motorists were hurt.

Three of the horses, one of them a mare in foal, died at the scene.

The westbound stretch of the A14 was closed for more than 12 hours throughout Christmas Day while accident investigators tried to establish exactly what had happened.

A 26-year-old man was arrested was on suspicion of causing danger to road users. He was interviewed at the Martlesham police investigation centre and released on police bail until February 28.

The accident comes just weeks after a number of other incidents involving horses in the area.

In September, two horses were killed near the Whitehouse junction, just a short distance away from the Christmas Eve crash, after straying onto the carriageway. At the time, it was reported five of the animals had been seen walking down the slip road to the A14.

And on December 16 there were reports that a number of horses had strayed into people’s gardens in Sproughton.

On Monday, the 23-year-old driver, from Cambridgeshire, was treated at the scene by paramedics and two Suffolk Accident Rescue Service volunteer doctors, Dr Andrew Mason and Dr Jeremy Mauger. He was taken to Ipswich Hospital with one of the SARS doctors in the ambulance, but police said yesterday afternoon he had lost his fight for life.

Police closed the carriageway in both directions while they dealt with the incident, and the westbound stretch remained closed between Copdock and Sproughton until about 2pm yesterday.

Witnesses to the accident are asked to call Pc Ali Cotton at Suffolk police on 101.

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13 comments

  • This is a tragedy both for the car driver and the animals. I hope whoever allowed to this happen is caught and prosecuted,

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    Sam

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

  • IF these horses were owned by the same person who owned the horses on the slip road in September and those straying in December, they must be taken to task.Straying once can be accidently, twice dangerous, three times?

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

  • So the new fencing around the site isnt working then. ??? My thoughts are with the young mans family and friends and the passenger and her family.

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    a friend

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

  • It appears that these horses were tethered, or not it would now seem, to the highway fence on the verge to the slip-road. I do wonder how they got their, they must have been led there by someone. If the Authorities - ie, Highways and Police - knew about this, action should have been taken earlier.

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    rustic

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • To be fair, you can't hold it against people for being concerned about those horses - it's a terrible, terrible tragedy all round, and my heart goes out to that young man's family and friends. But you have to question why the hell those horses are still allowed to be kept so close to the A14, particularly when there's previous for them straying onto the road! For three horses to be killed, including a mare in foal, that is truly tragic too! Those animals are innocent victims in this horrific accident too, and there are humans who should be taken to task for not ensuring that these animals were kept secure and safe; horse insurance covers millions of pounds worth of damage, but you can bet that the owner of these poor creatures won't have insured any of them.

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    BobCat1990

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

  • For Goodness sake, why can't people drive more carefully? It says one car which hit and killed a horse didn't stop and may not have known it had done it! I don't believe that. A horse weighs a lot.I often pass horses near where I live on the roads along with foxes and deer and I haven't killed any yet. Poor innocent creatures...a mare in foal too. Very very sad.

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    Bluebird29

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

  • You simply don't get it, do you? To express concern about the fate of animals in the same sentence as a young man killed is insensitive at best, downright offensive at worst.

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    Tom

    Sunday, December 30, 2012

  • If the police were to doing there job they would have seen horses tied to fence rails on the slip road leading to the A14 from the Asda roundabout. Again the police not doing there job they must be blind. Andy

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    a west

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

  • "A human life is worth infinitely more than a few horses" ... that is from a human perspective of course and given the number of evil and nasty people in the world, both now and throughout history, is open to debate. "Infinitely" ... strong term indeed ......

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    Ken M

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • There is no need for you to be rude about people who recognise the fact that horses are thinking, feeling creatures. The horses dying is NOT irrelevant, it plays a further role in this horrific tragedy. My sister's friend had to witness these animals in agony, how could you possibly sit there and watch them suffer and think that that's okay? Nobody has said the horses' lives are worth more than the young man's, you are assuming that and you shouldn't. The comment below about drivers not being careful enough was, perhaps, ill thought out, but the rest of us are simply questioning why this tragedy happened when there were measures that could have been taken to avoid it; however, we are all entitled to an opinion and there is no need for you to insult people by saying they only have 'half a brain'.

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    BobCat1990

    Friday, December 28, 2012

  • Thoughts to the injured, and all emergency personel involved.

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    PSM3449

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012

  • The A14 is a duel carriageway, a fast road where horses should never be and the accident happened at night in the dark. A young man has died and his family will now be in ruins yet all some people seem to care about is the horses and blame the drivers or the police!! I despair of some people's attitudes I really do. My thoughts go to the families of those involved and the emergency services who had to deal with this.

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    MZH

    Wednesday, December 26, 2012

  • Some of the posts below are incredible. No one knows the circumtstances behind the crash, other than horses were on a dual carriageway in the dark (and rain) with traffic coming at speed. That's all we know. So why then do some people blame the drivers? A horse going through a windscreen at any speed over 50mph is going to kill the driver. There is no evidence of fault relating to the dead driver, it sounds he was just terribly in the wrong place at the wrong time. A young life destroyed and his family's too. So in this context, the comments focussing on an animal with a foal being killed are not just misplaced, but are totally disrespectful. Finally, seeking to blame the police for this accident is nonsense.

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    Tom

    Thursday, December 27, 2012

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