Five hurt in Felixstowe smash

PUBLISHED: 23:57 15 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

TWO people are recovering today after being taken to hospital following a head on smash involving two cars at one of the busiest junctions in Felixstowe.

The victims were left trapped in one of the vehicles following what was believed to be a 50mph impact.

Firefighters using specialist cutting equipment were called to remove the roof of one of the vehicles where a man and a woman were trapped while paramedics waited to treat their injuries.

One of the injured suffered facial and back injuries while the other had limb injuries.

It was understood three people from the other vehicle, all believed to be female, were treated at the scene for whip lash injuries.

Air bags in their vehicle were activated probably saving them from more serious injuries.

The accident happened at approximately 9.45pm yesterday at the junction of Garrison Lane and High Road West.

Two East Anglian Trust ambulances and one from Felixstowe docks together with a rapid response vehicle and a SARS doctor were at the scene. Several police officers also attended the smash.

Two fire crews from Felixstowe and a rescue tender from Ipswich were also called in to help free the trapped.

SARS doctor Maarten de Cleen said: "A young man and woman were temporarily trapped in one of the vehicles and firefighters had to remove the roof to create more space so the medical team could reach them better.

"It did not appear that their injuries were life threatening. One suffered facial and lower spinal injuries while the other had limb injuries.

"The three people in the other car appeared to have whip lash injuries. Both air bag in their car had been activated.

"The whole operation went very smoothly. It wasn't time critical and we treated five casualties in just under 40 minutes which was very good."

Police sealed off the area and diverted traffic from the roundabout at the top of Garrison Lane at the edge of the town. The roundabout was reopened by 10.30pm.

Two ambulances took the casualties to Ipswich Hospital.

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