Football bosses in crash drama

IPSWICH Town chairman David Sheepshanks, manager Jim Magilton, and consultant Charlie Woods are today recovering after being involved in a crash drama which saw one car burst into flames.

IPSWICH Town chairman David Sheepshanks, manager Jim Magilton, and consultant Charlie Woods are today recovering after being involved in a crash drama which saw one car burst into flames.

Mr Sheepshanks today spoke about last night's crash on the A12 as they were being driven home from a day trip abroad.

The three were being driven back to Ipswich by club player liaison officer Wolfe Powell.

Mr Sheepshanks said: “We were caught in a traffic jam at Brentwood and had slowed to walking pace when we were hit from behind by a car.


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“It hit us with a lot of force - it pushed us about 25 to 30 metres along the road. That car then burst into flames, but the driver had a very lucky escape.

“He ended up with a broken leg and other injuries, but he was conscious and not in any danger.

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“We all suffered bruises and were shaken up, but we were taken to Broomfield and were allowed home later in the evening.”

Mr Sheepshanks said the driver of a car following the vehicle which smashed into them was the real hero of the evening.

He said: “He jumped out and dragged the driver out of the crashed car. To be honest I didn't see much of what was happening because we were all rather shaken up, but he certainly saved his life because the car went up in flames.”

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance trust said they were called to a four car shunt at 8.08pm on the northbound carriageway of A12 at Mountnessing near Brentwood.

Six patients were taken to hospital in Chelmsford. Essex police said they were called to a collision involving a Fiesta, Vectra and Landcruiser at 8.08pm at Brentwood on northbound carriageway.

The three senior Town bosses were returning from a one-day trip abroad, but Mr Sheepshanks would not give any further details about the meeting.

Mr Sheepshanks added: “We were all very lucky and are fine today. We are hoping to feel even better after Sunday lunchtime after victory in the big match!”

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