Family calls for safety measures

STILL shocked and bruised, an Ipswich family today called for safety measures at a junction where they were injured in a car accident.The Read family's car was in collision with another car at the junction of Rushmere Road and Humber Doucy Lane on their way to work.

STILL shocked and bruised, an Ipswich family today called for safety measures at a junction where they were injured in a car accident.

The Read family's car was in collision with another car at the junction of Rushmere Road and Humber Doucy Lane on their way to work.

Samantha Read, 18, suffered whiplash and a cut lip before being taken to hospital and her mother, Sue, has since complained of muscle spasms in her back. Graham Read, who was giving them a lift to Ipswich Hospital where they work, was also injured.

Mr Read said he was turning right out of Humber Doucy Lane in to Rushmere Road when their car collided with a car travelling down Rushmere Road.

The family has long feared an accident at that junction because they say the turning is sharp and partially blind to anyone pulling out of Humber Doucy Lane.

Sue Read, 42, of Humber Doucy Lane, said: "We are not going to use that junction anymore. We have had several near misses there before.

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"You cannot see until you have pulled out. Someone coming along Rushmere Road will see you before you see them. People have got to drive slower."

Mr Read, 47, added: "We have been here eight years and the traffic has more than doubled. It needs some kind of traffic calming."

The family said they were also worried about the safety of children who crossed the roads to get to school.

The incident comes after several complaints from residents over the dangers along Humber Doucy Lane.

Neighbours living along a treacherous stretch between Playford Road and Rushmere Road have pleaded for measures to tackle flooding, the heavy flow of traffic and the fact that there is no footpath.

A spokesman for Ipswich Council said: "A party of councillors and council officers will be looking at the whole of Humber Doucy Lane during a site visit. The junction of Humber Doucy Lane and Rushmere Road is included in the site visit."

What are your views on the Humber Doucy Lane junction? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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