Crash boys named

POLICE have today named the two 17-year-old boys who were killed in an accident on a Suffolk road just outside Ipswich.Samuel Palmer, of Springfield Road, Lower Somersham, and Lewis Pratt, of Church Road, Offton, were killed in what is believed to have been a head-on collision.

POLICE have today named the two 17-year-old boys who were killed in an accident on a Suffolk road just outside Ipswich.

Samuel Palmer, of Springfield Road, Lower Somersham, and Lewis Pratt, of Church Road, Offton, were killed in what is believed to have been a head-on collision.

Samuel, who had a provisional licence, had been driving the Volkswagen Golf.

The friends, who both died at the scene, had been travelling in the direction of the B1113 from Little Blakenham towards Bramford when they were in collision with a Seat.

Prayers and support were offered yesterday to the relatives of the teenagers.

Meanwhile Bramford vicar David Vonberg said: "The church is very much thinking of the families.

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"I'm in church on Sunday and will make sure the tragic accident is very much in the hearts of people, as I'm sure it is in the whole of the church community.

"When this happens so close to home it becomes very real and personal to us. "If they are known locally it will cause great sadness. We are here to support the family if they need us at any stage."

An ambulance, two paramedics, three fire engines and police all attended the incident, which occurred around 7.20pm on Wednesday along the Somersham Road at Bramford.

A mother and eight-year-old daughter travelling in the Seat were taken to Ipswich Hospital, but were not thought to be seriously injured.

An off-duty paramedic discovered the crash and helped treat the injured woman while emergency crews travelled to the scene, which was about half a mile from the B1113 turn-off for Little Blakenham.

Reports from the scene suggested the cars crashed head-on and police are still investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision.

A Suffolk Constabulary spokeswoman said: "Any serious accident or fatality results in us carrying out a full investigation so the results can be provided for the coroner in due course."

The fire service has praised the actions of the off-duty paramedic who discovered the crash and immediately prevented other vehicles from approaching the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the road traffic policing unit on 01473 613500.

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