Another crash at death junction

An elderly man was taken to hospital after a two-vehicle crash in Great Blakenham.

BLAKENHAM: An elderly man was taken to hospital after a two-vehicle crash in Great Blakenham.

The accident happened at about 8.45am on the B1113 near to the old cement works in the village.

Ambulance crews tended to a 77-year-old man who was found to be conscious and breathing, taking him to Ipswich Hospital for further treatment.

The accident happened when a silver Volvo and a white Ford Transit van collided at the notorious black spot, the junction between the B1113 and Bramford Road in Great Blakenham.


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A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance trust said there were two patients, both suffering from minor injuries, which are not thought to be life threatening.

Local resident David Wagstaff said he was concerned at the frequency of accidents at the spot, with a recent crash claiming the life of 22-year-old Abbie Pennell.

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Mr Wagstaff said: “There seem to be a constant stream of bad accidents at the spot.

“Since a young girl died at the junction there doesn't seem to have been anything done, it is dangerous.”

On August 3, a Mitsubishi Warrior pick up truck, driven by Miss Pennell was in collision with a coach at the notorious spot.

A 43-year-old man from Eye was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was released on police bail and is due to answer bail today at Bury St Edmunds police station.

This latest accident comes just days after Suffolk's road chief said changes may be made to the notorious junction.

Guy McGregor, portfolio holder for roads, transport and planning at Suffolk County Council, said engineers are looking at options for changing the B1113 Bramford Road junction in Great Blakenham, near Ipswich.

The scene of the crash is adjacent to land earmarked for the construction of an incinerator and close to the pro-posed SnOasis winter sports complex development.

Measures have already been taken to improve the safety of the junction following Ms Pennell's death, which includes the removal of direction signs to improve visibility. The renewal of the junction's markings has also been ordered and will soon be undertaken.

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