Investigation into accident continues

POLICE said today they are still investigating a crash on a Suffolk road that left two young people dead.Kirsten Duffus, 19, from Burgate, near Diss, died in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, after the car she was travelling in overturned in icy conditions on the B1077 at Ashbocking.

POLICE said today they are still investigating a crash on a Suffolk road that left two young people dead.

Kirsten Duffus, 19, from Burgate, near Diss, died in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, after the car she was travelling in overturned in icy conditions on the B1077 at Ashbocking.

The crash, on Wednesday, December 12, also claimed the life of Henry Wingate, 24 from Laxfield, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Tragically the car was taking brothers Henry and Max, Max's girlfriend Kirsten and another teenage girl to the funeral of the brothers' grandfather.

The road had not been gritted that morning and a driver who used it about half an hour before the tragedy described it as being “like an ice rink.”

A Suffolk County Council spokeswoman said last month that police had asked gritters to go out on the county's roads “at about 10am” on the day of the accident - although the police cannot confirm they made this call because it forms part of the evidence they are gathering for the eventual inquest into the death of Mr Wingate and Miss Duffus.

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They use a strict procedure and consult data including Meteorological Office reports before making a decision on where the gritters should go.

A spokesman for Suffolk Police today said the inquiry was ongoing.

Because of this, the police will not comment on why they did not immediately close the road when they attended an earlier accident.

When the police inquiry has been completed its findings will be passed to the Ipswich District Coroner's Office.

A spokeswoman for the county council said it could not comment until it is notified of the date of the inquest.

No date for an inquest has been set.