Driver's shock at motorbike crash

A SHOCKED motorist today described the moment he saw a motorcyclist suffer serious injuries when he was thrown from his bike in a road crash.Phil Buckley-Mellor had been driving behind the motorcyclist along Main Road, Kesgrave, when the biker was in collision with a four wheel drive.

A SHOCKED motorist today described the moment he saw a motorcyclist suffer serious injuries when he was thrown from his bike in a road crash.

Phil Buckley-Mellor had been driving behind the motorcyclist along Main Road, Kesgrave, when the biker was in collision with a four wheel drive.

The accident happened just after 7.50pm yesterday and the motorcyclist's injuries were initially thought to be so serious he was considered to be fighting for his life.

After initially being taken to Ipswich Hospital he was transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge where he was today said to be in a stable condition. Suffolk police said his injuries were no longer thought to be life threatening.

Mr Buckley-Mellor, a project manager for BT, said: “He was right in front of me when it happened. As soon as I saw it I slammed the brakes on and grabbed my phone and dialled 999.

“He was on the floor. He was completely crumpled up.

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“His helmet was miles away. It was a good 30 to 40 metres away, which shows how hard the impact was.”

The female driver of the car, thought to be a Land Rover Freelander, was unhurt in the accident.

A spokesperson for Suffolk police said they received a report at 7.52pm of a two-vehicle collision involving a car and a motorcyclist.

He added: “The motorcycle was a small 125cc vehicle.”

Motorists faced lengthy delays while accident investigators studied the scene and cleared away any debris.

Mr Buckley-Mellor, 37, who lives in Dorset but was staying in Ipswich while working for BT, said he had been following the bike for about three quarters of a mile before the crash.

He said: “The ambulance guys were there in three minutes. I was shocked how quickly they were there. And there were about six or seven police officers.

“The bike was leaking petrol all over the place.

“I felt really guilty because there's a limit to what you could do for the bloke.”

Dave Ashford, who passed close to the scene of the accident shortly after the collision, said: “I was coming back from Ipswich and I got as far as Cambridge Road when I must have seen about six police cars all across the road.

“It looked very serious because I could see a bike lying in the middle of the road and there were two or three ambulances there.”

Did you see this crash? Do you know the motorcyclist? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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