Bentley woman dies in crash

A FAMILY are in mourning today after a Bentley woman was killed when the car she was travelling in collided with trees in East Sussex.Surinder Kaur Heath, 53, of East Mill Green, was pronounced dead at the scene on the A267 at Horam.

A FAMILY are in mourning today after a Bentley woman was killed when the car she was travelling in collided with trees in East Sussex.

Surinder Kaur Heath, 53, of East Mill Green, was pronounced dead at the scene on the A267 at Horam.

The 57-year-old driver, believed to be her husband, was taken to Eastbourne District General Hospital with serious injuries.

Police closed the road and put out an appeal for witnesses after their red Ford Mondeo left the road while heading towards Eastbourne around 9pm last Wednesday.

It was one of two fatal accidents on a ten-mile stretch of the A267 within a 12-hour period. At 7.30am the following day, a man was killed when two cars collided near Crowborough.

Meanwhile tributes were today paid to another Suffolk woman who lost her life on the roads.

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The "lovely lady" died in a road accident near Woodbridge.

Margaret Emmens, 72, from Hollesley, sustained fatal injuries in a three-car pile-up on the B1083 at Sutton on Thursday.

She had lived with husband, Roy, at their Coronation Avenue home for the last 40 years and is believed to have two sons in Ipswich.

A neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said: "She was lovely, funny and chatty. They used to give us punnets of strawberries in the summer and chestnuts in winter.

"On Wednesdays they would go shopping at ASDA and I think they went to bingo. She was just a lovely lady."

Mrs Emmens was the front seat passenger in a Ford Focus which collided with a Mercedes Sprinter and a Ford Fiesta near the junction with the C340.

She was taken to Ipswich Hospital with serious injuries and died shortly afterwards.

Kevin Foreman, 28, of Coronation Avenue, said: "It was a shock. I heard it on the news. You don't expect that sort of thing."

Two other people were taken to hospital and four others were treated at the scene.

The incident has prompted an urgent investigation by Suffolk County Council into ways of improving the junction.

The C340 from Hollesley meets the B1083 where motorists have a 60mph speed limit.

A county council spokeswoman said: ''In view of this tragic accident, our safety engineers are meeting with the police on site to look at what can be done to improve safety at this junction.''

Resident Paul Hodgson collected signatures from householders living between the junction and the roundabout at the bottom of the hill to ask the county council to bring in a 30mph speed limit.

Mr Hodgson said: ''When the petition went to the county council they said they did not think that the road required any action - well, we certainly think it does now. There have been countless accidents there."

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