A14 hero slams phone motorists

A GOOD Samaritan who rushed from his home to help at a fatal A14 road accident today criticised a number thoughtless drivers he encountered on the day.

A GOOD Samaritan who rushed from his home to help at a fatal A14 road accident today criticised a number thoughtless drivers he encountered on the day.

Garry Anderson, 38, was one of the first on the scene of the accident between a lorry and car at Sproughton which killed Diss man Brian Mills.

Mr Anderson heard the crash from his Bentley Road home and went to help while his wife Mandy alerted the emergency services.

Today, Mr Anderson told how the efforts of people to help were marred by careless drivers.

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He said despite the severity of the accident and high police presence, a large number of motorists were using mobile phones and putting others at risk.

The Ipswich Borough Council lorry driver said: “I couldn't believe it. They were metres away from a fatal accident and yet were putting others at risk.

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“There was a complete disrespect for the situation and when I shouted at people to get off there phones, I got abuse back. They were swearing and making hand gestures at me and they should be ashamed of themselves.”

Mr Anderson arrived at the scene before the emergency services and helped divert drivers away from the overpowering heat as Mr Mills' car had set on fire.

He said: “There was nothing we could do for the man in the car as the car was already in flames but I thought the car might explode at any point so I got onto the opposite carriageway and kept drivers into the outside lane. It helped the emergency services get through quicker too and one of the policemen thanked me afterwards.

“I wasn't trying to be a hero but I just believe people should do the right thing and couldn't believe that in the space of around 45minutes I saw probably more than 20 people driving while on their phones.

“It was right next to police and a serious accident but they were still happy to flout the law and put others at risk.

“I'm a driver and see people on their phones everyday but thought this was particularly bad.”

Mr Mills was driving to work at Menzies Distribution, Ransomes Industrial Estate, Ipswich, on July 28 when the accident happened. His Volkswagen Polo was in collision with a lorry and burst into flames.

He had previously featured in The Evening Star in May 2004 when he was part of a group of 13 people who won £118,156 on the lottery.

Suffolk police have arrested two men on suspicion of careless driving in connection with the crash.

The first is a 40-year-old from the Needham Market area and the second is a 36-year-old from Ipswich.

Both have been released on police bail until September 24.

Did you drive past the accident and witness drivers using their mobile phones? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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