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Officer lucky to escape crash alive

PUBLISHED: 15:27 02 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:06 03 March 2010

A POLICE officer was lucky to escape with his life today after a lorry ploughed into the back of his patrol car on the outskirts of Ipswich.

The crash happened as officers from Suffolk Police traffic unit were trying to sort out the chaos left by another accident which occurred almost an hour and a half earlier.

A POLICE officer was lucky to escape with his life today after a lorry ploughed into the back of his patrol car on the outskirts of Ipswich.

The crash happened as officers from Suffolk Police traffic unit were trying to sort out the chaos left by another accident which occurred almost an hour and a half earlier.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police said one of the officers at the scene had sustained injuries when the HGV struck his vehicle around 10am on the Felixstowe-bound carriageway of the A14 at the Copdock Interchange.

An ambulance crew was sent to the scene and paramedics gave first aid to the officer who was treated for shock in addition to the cuts and bruises he suffered in the smash.

He was then taken to Ipswich Hospital for further treatment. The severity of his injuries were not known at the time of going to press, however it is not believed that the officer was seriously hurt.

He and his colleagues were despatched to the A14 after it became blocked when five cars crashed into each other at 8.35am.

As tailbacks of traffic ensued oil spillages were still being cleared up almost an hour later and efforts were being made to recover the vehicles.

Although a spokesman for the East Anglian Ambulance Trust said one person had been injured in the pile-up it was not believed they had been badly hurt.

However following the crash involving the police car and the lorry the A14 Felixstowe-bound had to be closed again and traffic diverted.

Meanwhile drivers in Suffolk were warned by police to take particular care on treacherous icy roads, after a series of accidents across the county.

Two cars crashed at the junction of the A146 and B1127 at Beccles at 9.58am, and at 9.34am a woman was taken to hospital with back injuries when her Nissan Coupe was in collision with another car at Tuthill, Fornham All Saints. Traffic was diverted and police asked for the road to be gritted.

At 9.05am, a woman was shaken but uninjured when her Vauxhall Tigra skidded off the B1117 at Eye, and at 8.09am, a car slid on the ice and ended up in a bush at Ellough Road,Crt>, Beccles.

In Ipswich, a C-reg BMW collided with two parked cars in Felixstowe Road, at 7.12am.

At 5.31am, a motorcyclist was involved in an accident but refused treatment at Risby Road in Bury St Edmunds.

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