Lorry topples at killer junction - again
CAMPAIGNERS were today preparing to fire off fresh salvos demanding action after yet another crash at Felixstowe's notorious dock spur roundabout.A lorry driver was trapped in his cab for nearly an hour after his articulated vehicle rolled on its side as he came round the junction.
By Richard Cornwell
CAMPAIGNERS were today preparing to fire off fresh salvos demanding action after yet another crash at Felixstowe's notorious dock spur roundabout.
A lorry driver was trapped in his cab for nearly an hour after his articulated vehicle rolled on its side as he came round the junction.
Several motorists were said to have had a lucky escape as the accident happened at rush hour – and miraculously the juggernaut landed on empty carriageway and not on top of a car.
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Two SARS doctors were on the scene within ten minutes and administered fluids, oxygen and morphine to the driver, understood to be a local man in his 40s.
Police traffic officers, an ambulance paramedic crew and firefighters from Ipswich, Felixstowe and the port attended the scene.
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Fire crews had to cut the man from his cab in a long and delicate operation. He was taken to Ipswich Hospital suffering from severe head and shoulder injuries.
The articulated lorry, carrying a grey Cosco 20ft container full of wood screws, rolled over as it came to the roundabout from Felixstowe port and was turning left towards Ipswich.
There have been 18 accidents in six years of lorries rolling over or shedding their loads at the A14 junction – and four incidents in the past six months.
Yesterday's crash – which happened just after 5.15pm – caused traffic chaos with vehicles diverted through Walton and the twin Trimley villages to get back on to the Ipswich-bound A14.
A heavy lift was used to right the white Scania lorry, owned by Crystal Logistics. The road was closed for two-and-a-half hours.
Contractors working for the Highways Agency sent an Incident Support Unit to carry out repairs to the road.
It was the second successive crash at the port exit of the roundabout. Last month a 38-tonne truck tipped on to its right-hand side wheels as it tried to turn left and overturned on the verge.
The worst crash happened a year ago when motorist Martin O'Sullivan was crushed to death in his car when a juggernaut toppled on to it as it turned right to the port.
Felixstowe and Trimley councillors have been campaigning for more proper safety work to prevent the accidents, though highways chiefs insist there is no problem with the roundabout and the crashes are down to driver error, faulty vehicles and poor loading.
Around £35,000 has been earmarked to be spent the roundabout to change road markings and add new signs.