Family vigil as man fights for life

FAMILY members are today mounting a bedside vigil to support the man left close to death by the horrific A14 smash on Tuesday.Ian Jay, 44, formerly of Ipswich, but now living in Somerset, is fighting for his life in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

FAMILY members are today mounting a bedside vigil to support the man left close to death by the horrific A14 smash on Tuesday.

Ian Jay, 44, formerly of Ipswich, but now living in Somerset, is fighting for his life in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

Hospital staff today described Mr Jay's condition as unchanged – he is still on the critical list after the horrific accident earlier in the week.

But dad Ray, of Otley, said all Mr Jay's family were hoping that their loved one would pull through.

Speaking to the Evening Star today before making the journey to his son's sickbed he said: "I haven't heard how he is this morning, but yesterday he was holding his own.

"It's a very worrying time for us all of course. We're just all praying that he soon starts to get better."

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Ian Jay was rushed to Ipswich Hospital after the red Audi saloon he was driving was involved in a smash with a lorry on the A14 Orwell Bridge at about 6am on Tuesday.

He was then transferred to Addenbrooke's the following day to receive specialist intensive care treatment.

It was clear from the mangled wreckage left on the carriageway that there had been a very serious accident.

The Audi was dragged sideways about 250 yards down the eastbound carriage way, before coming to a rest still lodged beneath the front of the Volvo lorry decorated in the Argos livery.

Paramedics attended to the lorry driver before he was taken to Ipswich Hospital. He was not injured, but was suffering from shock.

Police are still piecing together the details of the crash and are still appealing for anyone at the scene to come forward with information.

Anyone with any information should call police on 01473 613500.

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