Kesgrave: Messages flood in for digger accident victim

KESGRAVE: Messages of support have been sent to a man who remains in a serious condition after being injured in a building site accident.

The man, named locally as Gavin Frost, remains in Ipswich Hospital after he was hit by a digger bucket before falling into a 20ft deep hole in Fentons Way, Grange Farm, Kesgrave, on Saturday.

At this time there is no plans to transfer Mr Frost – who suffered serious facial injuries – to any other hospital.

Emergency services were called at 10.10am and, while the casualty was being rescued, police closed off the road.

Messages of support have been flooding in, with town residents sending best wishes to his family and friends.

Eileen Clarke said: “We would like to send our love and best wishes to this young man. He has a very close and loving family who are all so distraught at this time; so sending out love and best wishes to them all also.”

Matthew Clemence said: “I know the injured man personally. I used to play football with him.

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“It goes without saying that all our thoughts are with him and his family. I sincerely hope he pulls through and I wish him a speedy recovery.”

The Health and Safety Executive continues to investigate how the accident happened and have carried out a site visit.

East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS) spokesman Gary Sanderson said: “The incident required specialist clinicians as the man was reported trapped down a hole about 20 feet and had suffered significant facial injuries.

“Our hazardous area response team was mobilised along with a critical care team on the Essex Air Ambulance.

“A paramedic was able to assist in the treatment, stabilisation and immobilisation in the hole before the fire service removed him to ground level. Land ambulance crews and the critical care team treated the casualty further before he was taken to Ipswich Hospital.”

n Do you know the man? Call the Ipswich Star newsdesk on 01473 324790 or e-mail starnews@archant.co.uk

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