A14 reopened after traffic chaos

TOWN centre traffic ground to a virtual standstill in Ipswich after a lorry jack knifed near the Orwell Bridge today.

SUFFOLK: Town centre traffic ground to a virtual standstill in Ipswich after a lorry jack knifed near the Orwell Bridge.

Cars and lorries were nose to tail and motorists were delayed as both lanes were blocked after the accident at 2.50pm yesterday on the Felixstowe-bound carriageway.

Rush-hour traffic tailed back over the bridge towards the Copdock interchange as paramedics treated a 45-year-old man who was reported to have head injuries and serious bleeding and was taken to the Ipswich Hospital, in Heath Road.

The accident was reported to have taken place near Priory Park between the bridge and the Nacton interchange.

Only one lane of the carriageway was open at 4.20pm but police reported the road was re-open again around 6pm.

Drivers were also trapped in a rush-hour standstill after a 54-year-old pedestrian collided with a car in Dogs Head Street at 4.20pm.

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Onlookers described seeing the woman lying on the floor after the collision near the multi storey car park.

Drivers faced delays as paramedics treated the woman for ankle injuries but traffic was flowing freely again around 5.10pm.

Delays were also expected after a trailer blocked Needham Road at Coddenham after a vehicle left the road at 3.20pm.

The 80-year-old driver of the car suffered head injuries but was conscious and breathing after the collision.

Emergency services were called to release the man, who was trapped in his vehicle.

The road was cleared at 4.45pm.