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French student suffers head injuries

PUBLISHED: 13:02 15 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:50 03 March 2010

THREE people are in hospital today after a spate of accidents on Suffolk's roads.

A French exchange student has been left with serious head injuries after an accident on the A1114 in Hadleigh yesterday.

THREE people are in hospital today after a spate of accidents on Suffolk's roads.

A French exchange student has been left with serious head injuries after an accident on the A1114 in Hadleigh yesterday.

The student who is staying with a family in Hadleigh was riding his Suzuki moped at around 6.30pm when the accident happened between Hadleigh and Bildeston.

He was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen the moped before the accident along the A1114.

The man's condition was described as "stable" by a spokesman at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital

It is thought that no other vehicles were involved.

Elsewhere a seven-year-old boy has been left with a fractured leg when he was knocked down in Nacton Road in Ipswich yesterday.

The accident happened around 3.25pm outside the Golden Hind pub. It is thought the child was trying to cross the road when he collided with a Fiat Tipo. He was taken to Ipswich Hospital.

At 9pm police and the fire service were called to an accident in Norwich Road, outside the Suffolk Punch pub.

A white Ford XR3 collided with a Vauxhall Corsa. One person was trapped and the fire service had to cut the top off the car to release the victim.

Diversions were put in place and the victims injuries are not considered life threatening.

The passenger of a car who died on Tuesday night after the vehicle she was travelling in crashed into a tree near Saxmundham has been named.

Marcia Whenman, 54, of Valley Road, Leiston, was with her husband Terence, 56, in a blue Volkswagen Passat when it left the road and hit an oak tree at about 9.30pm.

Mr Whenman suffered minor head injuries in the accident, which happened on the B1119 Leiston Road close to Workhouse Lane.

His wife was treated by paramedics at the scene and taken by ambulance to Ipswich Hospital, but she was pronounced dead by a doctor at the Heath Road site.

Shocked neighbours have paid tribute to Mrs Whenman, who was a popular and well-liked figure.

Charlotte Keen, who lives next door said: "She was lovely. She was always popping round to see if we were all right. We would always stand out in the garden and talk," she said. "She knitted loads of things for me when my baby was born."

The family was "really close", and Mr and Mrs Whenman were always together.

"They were a pair. They did everything together," she said.

Another neighbour Barry Murphy said: "I couldn't believe it because both of them were really nice neighbours. It was quite a shock really. Everybody would have a good word to say about her."

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