Needham Market teen crash tragedy

FAMILY of a Needham Market teenager are in mourning today after a night of tragedy on Suffolk's road.The 18-year-old man died when his green Rover 220 was in collision with a red Ford Escort, on the B1113, Loraine Way in Bramford.

FAMILY of a Needham Market teenager are in mourning today after a night of tragedy on Suffolk's road.

The 18-year-old man died when his green Rover 220 was in collision with a red Ford Escort, on the B1113, Loraine Way in Bramford.

Elsewhere, a 26-year-old man from the mid-Suffolk area died after a three-car accident on the A134 at Ingham, while a woman in her 20s received serious leg injuries in a crash on the B1078 in Barking.

The accident in Bramford happened at around 9.20pm.

Another 18-year-old suffered non-life threatening head injuries in the crash.

Police, fire crews and paramedics worked late into the night to free the injured and clear the road.

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A police spokeswoman said: “We were called by a member of the public at around 9.16pm and when we arrived both cars were upside down with people trapped.”

Two fire engines from Ipswich along with the pump rescue tender from the town attended the accident.

Ian Bowell, assistant divisional officer in charge of Ipswich, said they had tried to cut the man free but he died before they could help. He said: “It's a tragic loss of life just before Christmas.”

Many of the emergency services who worked at the scene of the crash had come straight from the accident on the B1078 in Barking, where a red Rover 214 and an Army jeep had collided at around 8.05pm.

Jason Gillingham, clinical field operations manager at Ipswich ambulance station, said: “One man in his 30s was taken to Ipswich Hospital with back and neck injuries and a lady in her 20s was very heavily trapped.

“It took us and fire crews about an hour to cut her free from the car. She was taken to hospital with serious leg injuries.”

At 11.30pm there was another fatal accident, involving a Vauxhall Vectra, a Ford Fiesta and a Landrover, on the A134 at Ingham.

The 26-year-old Vectra driver died before fire crews arrived.

Sub officer Jonathon Cooper attended the accident.

He said: “The accident happened at around 11.35pm but we were there until 2.30am.

“Our thoughts are with the family of this man and Suffolk Fire Service and its partners would like to remind everybody of the time of the year and the safety driving campaign.

“I'm not suggesting in any way that anyone was at fault here but it should act as a timely reminder.”

Anyone who witnessed the Bramford accident should call Pc Andrew Masterson at Suffolk police on 01473 613500.

RESIDENTS living near the scene of the crash in Bramford today slammed the safety record of the B1113 between Bramford and Great Blakenham.

Between 1998 and 2000 died four people died in collisions on the road, before safety work was carried out at the Great Blakenham turning on to it.

However, despite the work that has been done to make the B1113 safer, one Loraine Way resident, who did not want to be named, today described the road as horrendous.

She said: “There's been so many accidents around here.

“I had a car written off a year ago. Drivers come off the A14 and there's about three miles with about five different speed limits. There's also a busy junction for people coming from Somersham.”

Although not referring to the latest tragedy, another Loraine Way resident, John Bloomfield, said: “This road is a racetrack.

“My daughter got a call from another friend last night whose mother saw the crash.

“She told us the road had been closed.

“When the road is busy drivers tend to keep to the limit but when it's quiet they go down here at such a speed. It's very straight and there should be a limit.”

The A134, the site of the other tragedy has also come under fire for the dangers it poses. The blackspot has now claimed the lives of seven motorists since June 2000. The last four tragedies have occurred in less than two years.

N What is your opinion on the B1113 between Bramford and Great Blakenham? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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