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Changes to road urgent say residents

PUBLISHED: 16:08 10 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:37 03 March 2010

CALLS are being made today for changes to a road in Ipswich after a head-on collision caused four people to be taken to hospital and traffic mayhem.

Four casualties, including a sister and her disabled brother were taken to hospital after the accident, described by eyewitnesses as sounding like an "explosion", on Norwich Road.

CALLS are being made today for changes to a road in Ipswich after a head-on collision caused four people to be taken to hospital and traffic mayhem.

Four casualties, including a sister and her disabled brother were taken to hospital after the accident, described by eyewitnesses as sounding like an "explosion", on Norwich Road.

It took emergency services, an hour and a half to clear the road after the early evening collision between a blue Ford Sierra and fawn Cherokee jeep.

Rush hour traffic was diverted away from the accident scene along Highfield Approach.

Householders are now stepping up their campaign for traffic calming measures along a blind bend in the road, close to Meredith Road, which they say has seen four accidents in as many months.

A resident, who asked not to be named, said: "We were in the front room when we heard the bang I thought at first it was a gas explosion.

"There were two males in the Sierra who looked in a very bad way.

"The female driver of the Cherokee who was in her late twenties was able to walk but she was very shocked. She came into the house to use my phone to call her boyfriend.

"She had been driving her disabled brother. They were the walking wounded. The jeep had air bags but the other car didn't, maybe that saved them from more severe injuries."

All four of them went to hospital, she added.

Now resident Jon Mason has pledged to write to the council to complain about the accident black spot.

He said: "I heard a really loud bang. Before I knew it the whole area was full of yellow jackets. Cars speed along this stretch of road not realising they are approaching a blind corner.

"In the last two-and-a-half years I have seen five accidents including walls knocked down. Something should to be done even if it is writing "slow" on the road."

Other residents were calling for tougher measures. Shaun Welham, who is petitioning the council, said: "The best thing would be speed cameras along this stretch of road.

"What worries us most is that one of these cars will spin out of control on the pavement and kill a pedestrian. There have already been two walls destroyed."

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