Man killed in lorry collision

A PEDESTRIAN was killed today in a collision with a lorry that caused traffic chaos around Felixstowe Port.The man, believed to be in his 30s, died instantly in the accident, in Trinity Avenue.

A PEDESTRIAN was killed today in a collision with a lorry that caused traffic chaos around Felixstowe Port.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, died instantly in the accident, in Trinity Avenue.

He is the second person to killed on Suffolk's roads this year, with both fatalities happening within hours of each other.

It is understood the lorry had just left the port and was heading towards the A14 slip road when it collided with the man, who was crossing the dual carriageway.

Police closed off the area, between Dooley roundabout and Anzani House, to carry out investigations into the crash. The lorry remained at the scene while inquiries took place.

The accident adds to the chaos around the port today, with the A14 gridlocked this morning after the port was closed due to high winds.

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Lorries and cars filled both carriageways solidly, from Dock Gate one to the Dockspur roundabout, while Trinity Avenue, port-bound, was also at a standstill.

Police officers were in the area directing traffic and urging drivers to be patient.

Last night, a man believed to have been hitchhiking was killed in a road accident on the A137 in Brantham, at about 7.25pm.

The 38-year-old, who lives in the local area, has yet to be identified by police.

He was killed in a collision with a Ford Ka while walking near to the Bull public house, in The Street. The female car driver, aged in her 20s, was taken to Ipswich Hospital with minor injuries. She was travelling towards Ipswich.

Richard Roadnight, who lives near to the scene of the tragedy, said the first he knew of the incident was when traffic was stopped from passing through the area.

He said: "There's no lighting on the road, it's very dangerous."

Roy Cooper, who also lives nearby, added: "There were lots of flashing lights. It was gone 10.30pm when we were diverted.

"I can't understand why anyone would walk down there. There's no path and it's so dark."

The accident happened just yards away from the scene of another tragedy, which happened almost exactly three years ago.

Patrick Dale, 24, was walking along the road with a friend at about 2am on Saturday, December 21, 2002.

He died days after being in collision with two cars on the stretch of the A137. Flowers still mark the spot where the young man suffered his fatal injuries.

Last year, there were 42 deaths on the county's roads.

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