Boy fighting for life

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy is fighting for his life in hospital today after being hit by a car when he ran into the road after his skateboard.Alexander Robinson was playing in Beccles Road, Bungay, at 4.

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy is fighting for his life in hospital today after being hit by a car when he ran into the road after his skateboard.

Alexander Robinson was playing in Beccles Road, Bungay, at 4.30pm yesterday when the accident happened.

His skateboard shot out into the road and he followed it at which point he was struck by a red Seat Ibiza.

Alexander was taken to Norfolk & Norwich Hospital with serious injuries but was later transferred to Addenbrooke's where his condition is today described as critical.

Meanwhile, in a separate accident, rush hour traffic was plunged into chaos when a car flipped onto its roof.

The single vehicle accident happened along the northbound carriageway of the A140 at Coddenham shortly after 5pm yesterday.

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A spokesman for Suffolk Police said the accident had involved a Mitsubishi car. No one is thought to have been injured.

The spokesman said the accident had caused long tailbacks on the northbound carriageway of the A140.

The crash came on the day Kathy Sparkes, the woman fighting her way back to health after a horrific crash on the A140, pleaded once again for action to make the road safer.

Mrs Sparkes' appeal came as a series of improvements to the notorious A140 road, which has claimed 79 lives in 20 years, are due to be discussed.

Mid Suffolk district councillors district councillors will meet on Thursday to come up with a package of measures for the A140 corridor to put to Suffolk County Council.

In a report, district council officers suggesting those could include:

n safety work at junctions including the A140/A1120, the Brome B1077 and Stoke Ash crossroads

n better pedestrian and cycle crossings at Brome and Yaxley for access to the Eye industrial estate, school and for the Heart of Suffolk Cycle Route

n better road markings

n improved access to employment areas at Eye Airfield and Mendlesham Airfield to cater for possible future expansion

n improvements to the former rail replacement bus service between Stowmarket and Diss and integration with rail services.

Mrs Sparkes, 36, was left in a critical condition in March after her car was involved in a collision with a lorry at the A140 Stoke Ash crossroads, near Eye. She has since regained consciousness and been able to leave hospital.

But Mrs Sparkes, a mother of three from Wyverstone, near Stowmarket, is still trying to regain full mobility and has suffered problems with her eyesight.

She said: "The A140 is a nightmare. You dare not overtake people on the A140 and anything that can be done would be an improvement over what is there now.

"I believe a roundabout is out of the question at Stoke Ash, but even something like better road markings would make a difference. When you turn on to the A140, it is very difficult to see with the pub on one side and hedges on the other.''

Suffolk County Council took over responsibility for the A140 from the Highways Agency last year and has been consulting residents, businesses and councillors on the priorities for improving the roads.