Driver dies and another fights for life

ONE man died and another was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries after two separate Suffolk road smashes today.An air ambulance was called to the A140 after a serious road crash involving an articulated lorry and a car on the A140 left a man fighting for his life.

ONE man died and another was airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries after two separate Suffolk road smashes today.

An air ambulance was called to the A140 after a serious road crash involving an articulated lorry and a car on the A140 left a man fighting for his life.

An ambulance spokesman said the driver was said to be in a serious condition.

His injuries are believed to be to the lower part of his body.


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Fire crews from Ipswich, Eye and Debenham battled for just under an hour to release the male from the wreckage of his car.

The lorry driver was also taken to Ipswich Hospital by road with what are thought to be chest injuries. However they are not believed to be life-threatening.

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The crash happened between Brockford and Wetheringsett at just before 11am on the notorious stretch of road that links Ipswich and Norwich.

It is unclear at to which direction the vehicles were travelling.

Police set up diversions and the road was expected to be closed for three hours while recovery of the vehicles took place.

Accident investigators were also at the scene.

Earlier today a man died today after a two-vehicle crash near Mildenhall.

The driver was airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge by the Search and Rescue unit based at Wattisham, with suspected chest, leg and arm injuries, but was certified dead by a doctor shortly after arrival.

The accident happened at about 7.05am on the A1101 between Mildenhall and Shippea Hill, about half a mile from the Cambridgeshire border.

The fatal crash involved a Land Rover Discovery and a Hyundai saloon. It is understood that the saloon plunged down an embankment.

Fire crews from Mildenhall and Newmarket and one from Cambridge released the trapped driver from the wreckage of the Hyundai.

While the emergency services were dealing with the incident, a T-reg Freelander careered into the rear of an ambulance. Fortunately nobody was injured.

Police closed the road and set up diversions away from the scene. Accident investigators attended to try and establish the exact cause of the crash.

Today's fatal crash brings the death toll on Suffolk's roads this year to seven.

Anyone who witnessed either accident is asked to call Suffolk Police on 01473 613500.

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