Man dies in horror weekend on roads

COLLEAGUES of a young army engineer were in mourning today after he was killed in an horrific road crash.Andre Lecluse, a craftsman in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers based at Wattisham airfield, died when the car he was travelling in skidded off the road at Barking.

COLLEAGUES of a young army engineer were in mourning today after he was killed in an horrific road crash.

Andre Lecluse, a craftsman in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers based at Wattisham airfield, died when the car he was travelling in skidded off the road at Barking.

His death came during a horror weekend on Suffolk's roads, which left nine others needing hospital treatment.

The fatal crash happened on the B1078 at Barking, just outside Needham Market, at about 7.50pm on Saturday. A BMW Z3 left the road, smashed through two fences and rolled about 50 metres in to a field.

The driver, aged in his 20s and also from Wattisham airfield, escaped with minor injuries and was taken to Ipswich Hospital however Mr Lecluse, a helicopter engineer also aged in his 20s, died at the scene.

A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "We are greatly saddened to hear about this tragic accident.

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"Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Mr Lecluse."

An ambulance spokesman said: "We took one man to Ipswich Hospital with what are believed to be minor injuries, but the passenger of the car was dead when we arrived."

A neighbour, who was one of the first people on the scene but did not wish to be named, said: "We heard the screech of the brakes and then there was a silence before the impact.

"The car had landed on its roof in the field.

"The driver had got out of the car and there were several people tending to him. He was covered in cuts and bruises and had hurt his shoulder but his main concern was for his friend."

At the scene yesterday two bouquets marked the spot where the car left the road.

In another accident on the other side of Needham Market on Saturday night, fire crews had to cut a female driver from her car.

The blue MG sports car left the road in Badley and overturned at about 9.40pm. The woman was taken to Ipswich Hospital with head injuries.

At about 7.35am a blue Renault Clio, carrying four people hit a brick post and a hedge and narrowly missed a row of houses in Combs Lane, Stowmarket.

One man was taken to Ipswich Hospital with minor injuries.

Tim Evans, 61, who lives in the house closest to the collision, said: "We were woken up by an almighty bang.

"When we came out we saw that a car had clipped the edge of our garden and gone through our hedge. It knocked over a brick gate-post and a tree.

"I can't believe that all four of them got out with such minor injuries."

At about 11.45am yesterday four adults and a baby were taken to hospital after two cars collided on A12 at the Farnham.

A 16-year-old boy was taken to hospital following a collision between a bike and a car at the junction of Norwich Road and Dales Road in Ipswich at about 9pm yesterday .

The extent of his injuries was not known.

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