Driver calls for answers over leak of anti-freeze

FELIXSTOWE: A motorist is today calling for an explanation after anti-freeze appeared to leak from a bus and into her car leaving her requiring hospital treatment.

Susan Duff, of Roman Way, Felixstowe, was driving towards Ipswich on the A14 to pick up her daughter on July 30 when the incident took place.

She claims that at around 8pm, shortly before she reached the turn-off at Nacton, a blue liquid started to leak from a bus ahead of her.

The 36-year-old carer said the liquid spilled over her car and through her open windows, spraying her arms and face. She pulled over to clear her eyes, but needed to go to Felixstowe Community Hospital to have her eyes washed out and checked for damage.

Mrs Duff said: “I had to pull over because I couldn’t see what was going on and had stinging eyes. There were about four or five cars behind me so they must all have got covered as well – it was all a bit of a mess.

“It was frightening because I didn’t know if I was going to crash. All of a sudden it was all over my arms and chest and I didn’t know what it was to start with. I want an explanation.”

Police were called to investigate the incident and a spokesman said officers tracked the bus down to First Eastern Counties Buses, but confirmed there was no criminal offence committed.

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A spokesman for the bus company said: “We were made aware of Mrs Duff’s serious claim that her car had been covered in blue anti-freeze when she was travelling on the A14 between the Seven Sisters roundabout and the Nacton turn off. We take allegations of this nature very seriously and investigated as a high priority.

“It was confirmed that there were four vehicles in the area at the time, not one reported a defect or spill and after an examination by local depot engineers, it was confirmed that none of our buses experienced a spillage. All four buses were put out to service the very next day.”