Narrow escape in A12 smash

A MOTORIST today had a narrow escape after the car he was driving hit a tree around three feet up its trunk.Police and paramedics, including the Essex Air Ambulance, were called to the scene of the single-car accident, which took place on the Ipswich-bound carriageway of the A12 between Stratford St Mary and Dedham shortly before 11.

A MOTORIST today had a narrow escape after the car he was driving hit a tree around three feet up its trunk.

Police and paramedics, including the Essex Air Ambulance, were called to the scene of the single-car accident, which took place on the Ipswich-bound carriageway of the A12 between Stratford St Mary and Dedham shortly before 11.45am.

An Essex Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The car clipped the kerb before hitting a tree. The force of the collision actually snapped the top off the tree.

“Astonishingly, the man managed to get out the car despite the bonnet having extensive damage.”

The 36-year-old man from London, on his way to Lowestoft, appeared almost completely uninjured but was taken to Colchester General Hospital for a check-up.

An Essex Police spokesman said one lane of the Ipswich-bound carriageway was closed so the blue Volkswagen Polo, which ended up down the embankment, could be removed.

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The air ambulance was cancelled when it became clear the driver was not seriously injured.