Five people hurt in minibus crash

FIVE people were hurt, one seriously, when a minibus and car were involved in a crash on a notorious Suffolk road last night.Police had to close the A1071 at Hadleigh for several hours in the aftermath of the incident, which happened at around 10pm.

THREE people were hurt when a minibus and car were involved in a crash on a notorious Suffolk road.

Police had to close the A1071 at Hadleigh for several hours in the aftermath of the incident, which happened at around 10pm yesterday.

The minibus, which was believed to be carrying local people, was in a collision with a Vauxhall Astra at a set of temporary traffic lights.

Two people were taken to Colchester Hospital with head and neck injuries, and one person was taken to Ipswich Hospital with neck injuries. The injuries are not thought to be life threatening.


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Four other passengers were checked over by paramedics at the scene but did not need medical assistance.

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said the road had been closed while accident investigators tried to piece together what had caused the smash.

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N Also yesterday, an elderly passenger was treated for shock after being thrown from her seat when the bus she was on was in collision with a car.

Police and an ambulance to the accident involving a single-decker bus and a car in Great Blakenham at around 10.20am at the junction of Gipping Road and the B1113.

The bus was a First service travelling from Ipswich to Needham Market and is thought to have been carrying around 12 passengers.

The car involved was a red Fiat Ibiza, and the driver, a Great Blakenham man in his 40s, was also treated for shock at the scene but is not thought to have been injured.

A villager who arrived shortly after the accident said he had seen several near-misses at the location.

Steve Plume, of Great Blakenham, said: “That junction is a disaster waiting to happen.

“There is no clear indication to drivers of who has right-of-way.”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council said it was not aware of any concerns about safety at the junction.

She said: “Anyone with concerns should write to environment and transport at Suffolk County Council and they will be investigated.”

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