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Death toll rises on Suffolk's roads

PUBLISHED: 07:36 31 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

THE death toll on the roads of Suffolk has reached a five-year high after an elderly woman was killed in a crash on one of the main routes through the county.

THE death toll on the roads of Suffolk has reached a five-year high after an elderly woman was killed in a crash on one of the main routes through the county.

The 79-year-old woman, who is believed to have come from the Beck Row area, died after her car was involved with a collision with a van on the A11, near the Barton Mills roundabout.

Firefighters cut the woman out of her Ford Fiesta and she was taken by ambulance to the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, where she was pronounced dead.

The pensioner – who has not yet been named by Suffolk police – was the 57th person to be killed on the county's roads year, compared with 56 last year, 48 in 1999, 24 in 1998 and 42 in 1997.

A Suffolk police spokesman said it was difficult to predict or spot trends in the fatal accident figures because they have fluctuated regularly over the past decade.

"Perhaps it's a timely reminder that, with the temperature falling below freezing, roads will be treacherous, especially in country areas where they have not been treated," he added.

"We would advise motorists to drive to the conditions and allow extra time for their journeys if they are travelling."

Suffolk police also issued an appeal for witnesses to the A11 accident, which happened on a dual carriageway section of the road just after 4pm on Saturday.

The woman was with a member of her family when her car was involved in a collision with a Peugeot Expert van on the southbound carriageway of the A11 at Tuddenham, where a left-hand turn leads onto the C 624 road to the village, half-a-mile south of the Barton Mills roundabout.

Both the van driver and the Ford Fiesta passenger escaped uninjured. Anyone with information about the accident should contact Pc Adam Williams on 01473 613500.

Meanwhile, a woman was freed by firefighters and taken to Colchester General Hospital following a two-car accident at Finch Hill, Bulmer, near Sudbury, on Saturday afternoon. Her injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.


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