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New calls for A140 action

PUBLISHED: 13:00 13 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:01 03 March 2010

THE family of an Ipswich man seriously injured in the A140 crash that claimed the life of another man today joined calls for action to be taken to make the road safe.

By James Fraser

THE family of an Ipswich man seriously injured in the A140 crash that claimed the life of another man today joined calls for action to be taken to make the road safe.

Van driver Fred Hart, who is this week spending his 66th birthday recovering from injuries to his chest, neck and head, was lucky to have made it through the crash last Monday, said his daughter Mrs El-Sadat as she called for something to be done about the killer road.

"There have been too many accidents on that road," she said. "Something needs to be done."

She told how her father had thrown himself to the passenger side of his van in one vital life-saving moment as his van ploughed into the wreckage of a horrific pile-up near the junction with the A1120 last Monday.

"That's what saved him. The surgeons at the hospital said he was extremely lucky to be alive," she added.

Mr Hart, an engineer for cleaning company Monthind who lives on the Chantry estate, was on his way to Norwich when the accident happened at around 12.45pm.

A lorry toppled over at Little Stonham, killing its driver, new dad, Jason Parker, 30, of Maidstone, Kent. Three other vehicles are then believed to have been involved in a series of collisions.

Mr Hart was airlifted to Ipswich Hospital where hospital immediately set to work on his extensive injuries, which included a ruptured spleen, three broken ribs, and a punctured lung.

He was also left with 50 stitches on his face, neck and head.

"He's out of danger now but for a few days it was touch and go," continued Mrs El-Sadat, who was full of praise and thanks for the staff in the hospital's A&E department.

"He's still in shock about what happened and he is dealing with the trauma."

Suffolk County Council, who assumed responsibility for the A140 when it was de-trunked in May, has announced plans to make part the main route to Norwich safer.

A speed camera and extensions to the speed limit at the Coddenham junction are among measures set to be introduced in the spring.


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