Driver killed in head-on A14 smash

A MOTORIST was today killed in a head-on collision with a lorry on the A14 while apparently travelling on the wrong side of the road.The man, believed to be in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene on the Ipswich-bound carriageway between Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket around 9.

A MOTORIST was today killed in a head-on collision with a lorry on the A14 while apparently travelling on the wrong side of the road.

The man, believed to be in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene on the Ipswich-bound carriageway between Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket around 9.30am after his Ford Mondeo collided with the Scania lorry.

The male lorry driver, who was believed to be travelling in the right direction, was described as shaken, but did not need medical attention.

Police spokesman Mike Nunn said the road was due to be closed for several hours while police carried out an investigation into the crash.


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The air ambulance, a road ambulance, one rapid response vehicle and a medic were called to the scene.

The deceased driver, who has not yet been named, was found to have suffered head injuries.

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Firefighters cut the man from his car while police closed the road and tried to identify the driver's body.

It is the latest incident in a black week for Suffolk's flawed roads, which were once again exposed in a four-vehicle pile-up on the A14 yesterday.

Long queues built up around Wherstead after the crash, which happened on the Stowmarket-bound carriageway of the road, at about 5.20pm .

It involved a Volkswagen Golf and caused one lane of the carriageway to be blocked. Traffic also stacked up on the Felixstowe-bound stretch as motorists slowed down to survey the accident as they passed.

There were no reports of any injuries.

In a separate accident, debris was left on the road after a car was in collision with the central reservation on the A14 at Rougham.

The accident, which happened on the Bury St Edmunds-bound carriageway just before 10.40am yesterday, involved a Great Blakenham-registered silver Vauxhall Astra.

Around 15 minutes later, a lorry shed some of its load on the A14 at Thurston, but once again there were no reports of any injuries.

Yesterday's gridlock was the latest in a series of accidents that have brought chaos to the roads around Ipswich.

It has led to calls for urgent action to improve the traffic flow around east Suffolk, with numbers of cars and lorries using the network spiralling to new highs.

Last Thursday, two crashes closed part of the A14, between Wherstead and Copdock, for six hours.

The Evening Star has launched a campaign to highlight the problem and has been backed by a number of top-ranking Suffolk officials.

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