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Cyclist injures foot in Claydon accident

PUBLISHED: 20:45 20 June 2002 | UPDATED: 12:08 03 March 2010

A TEENAGE cyclist was taken to hospital today after being involved in an accident with a bus at an "horrendous" junction.

The accident happened outside The Greyhound Pub in Station Road, Claydon - a junction Greyhound landlord Mark Styles described as an accident waiting to happen.

A TEENAGE cyclist was taken to hospital today after being involved in an accident with a bus at an "horrendous" junction.

The accident happened outside The Greyhound Pub in Station Road, Claydon – a junction Greyhound landlord Mark Styles described as an accident waiting to happen.

The 14-year-old boy was cycling to Claydon High School at just after 8.30am when he was in collision with a number 88 bus.

Mark Harris, owner of the nearby Fresh Fills store, said he went straight to the scene after the accident and chatted to the boy.

He said; "The lad was in a lot of pain and his ankle was really swollen. He didn't hit his head, it was just the ankle that was injured."

Paramedics treated the boy at the scene before taking him to Ipswich Hospital.

Mr Styles said he was not surprised the accident happened outside his pub.

He said: "Working in here you see near misses all the time. It's a horrendous junction.

"Villagers have been up in arms about it for ages. They've been out doing traffic counts to campaign for a new crossing."

Mr Styles said the situation was particularly bad at school times when pupils and parents used Back Lane as the quickest route to Claydon High School.

He also pointed to the junction being misused by drivers from outside the area and poor visibility caused by chronic double parking.

Chris Dexter, operations manager for First Eastern Counties confirmed a number 88 bus run by the company was involved in the accident.

He also confirmed the bus driver called emergency services.

He said: "We have interviewed the driver. He was very shaken up at the time, but he is ok now.

"We will be working with police to help their investigation.

"I hope the cyclist makes a speedy recovery and regret the incident occurred."

Mr Dexter said he was not in a position to comment on the circumstances of the accident or who was to blame.

Passengers on the number 88 were transferred to another bus to continue their journey.

Traffic was not affected by the accident.

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