AA patrolman's A14 miracle escape

TWO drivers had a miraculous escape today when they were involved in a bizarre accident with a lorry.The driver of a car being towed and an AA patrolman were being treated in hospital after the accident on the A14.

TWO drivers had a miraculous escape today when they were involved in a bizarre accident with a lorry.

The driver of a car being towed and an AA patrolman were being treated in hospital after the accident on the A14.

Police and ambulance officials understood they only suffered minor injuries in the incident at 9.30am on the Ipswich-bound carriageway near Bury St Edmunds.

They were not expected to be detained at the West Suffolk Hospital.


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The road at Barrow was partially blocked for about two hours while recovery crews removed the three vehicles involved and cleared a diesel spillage on the road.

Today's accident comes just days after a family had a lucky escape when their van was destroyed in another accident with a lorry on the A14, on that occasion between Felixstowe and Ipswich.

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In today's accident a lorry travelling towards Ipswich was involved in a collision with a red Rover being towed by an AA recovery van.

The impact of the collision pushed the Rover into the AA van, which ended up on its side on the edge of the road. The Rover remained upright, but was badly damaged in the accident.

Five days ago John Bradford, his wife Bernadette, and his sister Daphne Bilbrough had stopped their van and parked on the verge after suffering a puncture near the Seven Hills interchange at Bucklesham. They had left their vehicle shortly before a lorry hit it. The lorry driver, Michael Hanson, of Nelson, Lancashire, was not injured.

"We have been incredibly lucky. The police have told us we did exactly the right thing by not staying in the vehicle after it broke down. This just shows what good advice that is," said Mr Bradford at the time. Pc Alan Nixon, of Suffolk Traffic Police Unit, described the family's escape as "a miracle".

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