Day of tragedy on Suffolk's roads

ONE person was killed and two others are fighting for their lives after a day of tragedy on the county's roads.

ONE person was killed and two others are fighting for their lives on a day of tragedy on the county's roads.

A 22-year-old man died in a car crash in Lowestoft yesterday afternoon, while a 90-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries in a crash at Freston, near Ipswich, and a motorcyclist was seriously injured in a collision on the A1071 near Hadleigh last night.

The single-vehicle crash in Corton Road, Lowestoft, just before 2pm yesterday also saw two female passengers taken to hospital.

The Peugeot 306 car was the only vehicle involved in the accident. Police said the 22-year-old, who was from the town, died in the accident while the two women were taken to James Paget University Hospital, in Gorleston, with non-life-threatening injuries.

The road was closed for several hours while traffic police carried out investigations into how the gold-coloured Peugeot 306 crashed.

A motorist in his early 90s was left fighting for his life after an accident at the Freston crossroads at about 8.30am yesterday.

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The road to the Shotley peninsula was completely blocked by the collision between a van and a Peugeot.

The elderly male driver had to be cut from the car by firefighters and was taken to Ipswich Hospital with chest, arm and leg injuries. Police said his injuries were life-threatening.

No-one else was hurt in the accident which caused serious problems for rush-hour traffic heading to Ipswich from the peninsula.

Last night, a motorcyclist suffered life-threatening injuries after a crash with a car on the A1071 road.

Police said the accident, at the Aldham Mill Hill junction near Hadleigh, happened at about 5pm and involved a motorbike and a Ford Focus car.

A spokesman for Suffolk Constabulary said: “The accident involved a car and a motorbike, and possibly a third vehicle. The road was blocked and scenes of crimes officers attended. The motorcyclist's injuries could prove fatal.”

Witnesses to any of the accidents should call police on 01473 613500.

N A woman managed to swim to safety after her car plunged into water off a quay in Lowestoft yesterday.

The 30-year-old driver's Fiat Bravo fell into Lake Lothing at about 11.45am, sparking a large-scale response from the emergency services.

However, the woman was able to free herself from the sinking car and swim to the safety of the quay, near the grain silo at Commercial Road. She was taken to the James Paget University Hospital, in Gorleston, and last night it remained unclear what caused the car to fall into the water.