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Boy dies in Suffolk horror crash

PUBLISHED: 06:26 05 February 2002 | UPDATED: 15:25 03 March 2010

A TEENAGE boy is dead and one person seriously injured after a tragic double accident on a Suffolk road.

The "tragic sequence of events" started when three youngsters attempted to cross the A11 at Red Lodge, near Newmarket, just after 6.

A TEENAGE boy is dead and one person seriously injured after a tragic double accident on a Suffolk road.

The "tragic sequence of events" started when three youngsters attempted to cross the A11 at Red Lodge, near Newmarket, just after 6.30pm last night.

Two got across safely, but a 14-year-old boy was in collision with a car and killed. His next of kin were being informed of the tragedy last night.

An ambulance was then called to the scene, but as paramedics attempted to treat the boy a transit van was in collision with the back of the emergency vehicle at the scene, leaving the driver of the van with serious injuries.

It is believed the boy who was killed, who has not yet been named but is thought to be local, was crossing the road with two other youths, one of whom is believed to be his brother.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said last night: "This was a tragic sequence of events and highlights the dangers of youngsters crossing busy roads."

A spokesman for East Anglian Ambulance Trust said no paramedics were injured when the emergency vehicle was in the collision with the van.

He confirmed they had conveyed four people to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, although he was unable to say if that number included the deceased.

The van driver suffered a fractured sternum and other injuries, while one of his passengers suffered a fractured fibula and the other passenger a dislocated shoulder.

The driver of the car, believed to be a US citizen, which was in collision with the 14-year-old boy was taken to hospital with head injuries, though they were not believed to be serious.

Police closed the northbound carriageway of the A11 to clear the road and two fire engines from nearby Mildenhall and Newmarket, and the rescue tender from Bury St Edmunds, were also called to the scene.

A police spokesman said that scenes of crime officers were investigating the accident and that the road would remain closed for a number of hours throughout the night.

After the tragedy, Sgt Colin Teager, who attended the scene, warned: "It is not advisable to cross the A11 or any other major road at any time, never mind in darkness. This incident also highlights an inherent risk for people working in the emergency services when they are on these roads."

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