Driver's relief at no road deaths

A MOTORIST caught up in five-car smash which closed one of Suffolk's most dangerous roads has spoken of his relief that no one had been killed.The A140 was closed for hours yesterday after the lunchtime smash outside the Brockford garage, a few miles south of Eye.

A MOTORIST caught up in five-car smash which closed one of Suffolk's most dangerous roads has spoken of his relief that no one had been killed.

The A140 was closed for hours yesterday after the lunchtime smash outside the Brockford garage, a few miles south of Eye.

Six people required treatment at Ipswich Hospital and an air ambulance was called after the crash which happened on a 30mph stretch of the road, which has a notorious accident record.

The A140 was closed to traffic by police all afternoon while scenes of crime officers photographed the area and an investigation is now under way into how the collision occurred.

The pile-up happened at 1.30pm by the Mendlesham Group Fuels garage, no one suffered serious injuries.

A fire crew from Eye was called in to assist clearing the wreckage and an air ambulance flew in amid concerns a five-year-old autistic boy may have been seriously hurt but was unable to communicate the extent of his neck injuries to medical staff.

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Garry Wilson, of Melton, near Woodbridge, who was returning from taking his daughter to a swimming gala in Norwich, said: “It was pretty frightening. It has been absolutely amazing there has not been some serious injuries.

“It was very lucky nobody died. The airbags went off in my car and my wife and daughter are all right and have been taken home.”

The accident also involved a Red VW Polo, a grey Mazda T5 people carrier, a blue BMW and a mauve Ford Focus.

Huge traffic backlogs along the busy road were averted thanks to a resident who dedicated his afternoon to giving out diversion directions to every vehicle.

Roger Fouracre said he just wanted to stop them queuing up behind the road closure. His wife Brenda added in their 15 years of living in Brockford Street they had seen a number of accidents outside the garage.

The bad safety record of the road has prompted a number of safety campaigns, and led Suffolk County Council to impose a 50MPH speed limit it on through to the Norfolk border at Scole.

However yesterday's crash was in a village where there is a 30MPH limit.

Anyone who witnessed the crash is asked to call Pc Garry Heath on 01473 613500