Doctor tells of road carnage

A SUFFOLK doctor who tried to save the life of a woman fatally injured in a car crash today told of the carnage he witnessed when he arrived at the scene.

By Tracey Sparling

A SUFFOLK doctor who tried to save the life of a woman fatally injured in a car crash today told of the carnage he witnessed when he arrived at the scene.

Dr Andy Mason of the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service and paramedics from the ambulance service were unable to save a woman motorist, who was killed almost instantly when the space cruiser vehicle she was driving was in a collision with a 38-ton articulated lorry.

The two vehicles collided in rush hour traffic at the busy Ixworth/Bardwell junction on the A1088 just outside Bury St Edmunds, at around 5.45pm yesterday.


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Desperate roadside attempts by paramedics to revive the woman - thought to be aged 37 from the Bury St Edmunds area - failed, and Dr Mason from pronounced her dead at the scene.

A Suffolk Police spokesman said they believe the blue Toyota Space Cruiser driven by the woman may have pulled across the junction in front of the white Mercedes lorry and the two vehicles collided side-on.

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Dr Mason who attended the scene, said: "It appeared that during the collision, the lorry hit the Toyota on the driver's side, broadside, and pushed it down the road for about 30 metres.

"There was also a minor fire in the Toyota which firefighters extinguished.

"We did attempt resuscitation but unfortunately that was unsuccessful."

Three ambulances and the air ambulance were called to the scene, but nobody was conveyed to hospital.

The driver of the lorry, who is believed to come from the Barnsley area, is said to be in shock, but was not injuried.

Sergeant Martin Barnes-Smith of the Bury St Edmunds traffic unit said at the scene: "The Space Cruiser was coming out of Ixworth and was travelling towards Bardwell. As it came across the junction the articulated lorry was travelling towards Thetford along the A1088."

Motorists faced diversions around the scene of the accident as the road was closed for around four hours.

Suffolk Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the accident to contact them by calling 01473 613500.

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