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Duo named in fatal road crashes

PUBLISHED: 16:40 17 February 2002 | UPDATED: 11:22 03 March 2010

THE men who died in two road crashes in Suffolk over the weekend have today been named by police.

They are Harold Large, from Coltsford Road, Ipswich, and Barry Pope, who lived in Hillview Close, New Costessey, near Norwich.

THE men who died in two road crashes in Suffolk over the weekend have today been named by police.

They are Harold Large, from Coltsford Road, Ipswich, and Barry Pope, who lived in Hillview Close, New Costessey, near Norwich.

Mr Large, 79, died when his car left the road and crashed through a brick wall on Saturday night at the junction of Belstead Road and Luther Road.

His red Citroen car appeared to have been heading into town shortly before 11pm.

It ended up facing downhill on Belstead Road, near roadworks.

Firefighters from Princes Street and Colchester Road pulled Mr Large from the car to try and resuscitate him but he died at the scene.

Karl Rolfe, assistant divisional officer, said: "The driver wasn't trapped but he needed serious medical attention so we got him out quickly. Bystanders said he had shown signs of life prior to our arrival.

"A crew did try to sustain life but unfortunately to no avail. We did what we could until the doctors and paramedics arrived."

Lionel Waldridge, a pensioner from Belstead Road saw the scene unfold.

He said: "I was watching television when I heard a big bang and immediately jumped to my feet.

"There was no screeching of brakes. I saw that a red car had smashed into the wall opposite."

He said a passer-by dialled 999 on his mobile phone.

"The paramedics were working on him in the road, pumping his chest but unfortunately getting no response. They covered him up with a white sheet."

He added: "This junction is an accident hotspot and I've been saying for years that something needs to be done about it. It's the worst accident I've ever seen there."

Witnesses said the emergency services were at the scene until about 1.30am.

Mr Pope, 64, died when his red Peugeot van collided with a Mercedes lorry at 3.15pm on Friday at Brockford on the A140 Ipswich Norwich Road.

Both the truck and the van ended up in the ditch at the side of the northbound carriageway.

The East Anglian air ambulance, which arrived in 21 minutes, was also in attendance.

Fire crews from Stowmarket and Debenham and a pump rescue tender from Princes Street in Ipswich also attended the scene.

ADO Rolfe said: "The casualty was severely trapped in the van. He was conscious when we first arrived and both firefighters and paramedics tried to save him, but unfortunately his condition deteriorated very quickly."

Sergeant Colin Teager, from the Suffolk traffic unit, said the lorry appeared to have been travelling towards Ipswich while the van was travelling in the opposite direction.

The road was still blocked at 6.40pm, although diverted traffic was moving smoothly through country lanes either side of the A140.

He said: "There was some congestion but we got diversions in quite quickly. There was some disruption to the surrounding villages but unfortunately that is the case with this type of incident."

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash, particularly the woman driver of a silver hatchback car who was seen to stop at the scene of the accident and then continue.

They stressed that there was nothing to suggest she was involved in the collision. Anyone with information about the two accidens should call Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

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