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Crash pensioner's condition improving

PUBLISHED: 12:18 07 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:09 03 March 2010

A HEAD-ON smash left an elderly woman fighting for her life in Ipswich Hospital.

The 76-year-old woman, who has not been named by police, was rushed to hospital with serious head and chest injuries yesterday.

A HEAD-ON smash has left an elderly woman fighting for her life in Ipswich Hospital.

The 76-year-old woman, who has not been named by police, was rushed to hospital with serious head and chest injuries yesterday. Today doctors said her condition had stabilised and she was improving.

She had been a passenger in a Vauxhall Cavalier.

The driver of the car received minor injuries.

No-one in the other car, a Toyota Landcruiser, was injured.

Emergency services were called to the junction of Bowland Drive and Belmont Road in Ipswich after the Toyota collided head-on with the Vauxhall just after 1pm.

A second person, thought to be a male driver of one of the vehicles, was also taken to hospital, but did not suffer serious injuries.

Belmont Road was closed for about four hours as police cleared the scene.

Peter Frost, who lives in nearby Curtis Close, said speed restrictions must be set up on Belmont Road to prevent further carnage.

He said: "It's only a matter of time until someone is killed in a crash round there.

"I've had three very near misses myself – it's a terrible junction. We've had about ten vehicle pile-ups this year.

"People living nearby have had cars pile into their hedge or fly into their drive. Something has to be done about it.

"The traffic has gone up tenfold since the new estate has been built. It used to be quiet down here, but now it's like pulling out into Foxhall Road first thing in the morning. It's just getting more and more worrying."

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