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One dead in horrific road crash

PUBLISHED: 12:58 05 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:18 03 March 2010

ANOTHER horrific accident on Suffolk's roads has left one man dead and another with serious injuries. The smash between a Transit van and a small car occurred on the A1088 half a mile short of Ixworth approaching from Norton, near Bury St Edmunds.

ANOTHER horrific accident on Suffolk's roads has left one man dead and another with serious injuries today.

The smash between a Transit van and a small car occurred on the A1088 half a mile short of Ixworth approaching from Norton, near Bury St Edmunds.

Elsewhere in the county there was traffic chaos today on the A14 Stowmarket-bound slip road near the Asda superstore, in Goddard Road, Ipswich.

Motorists were showered by a hail of stones after a diesel spillage turned the road into an ice rink around 8.15am. At least two cars went off the road and others are said to have scraped the barriers.

One driver, Andrew Dosher, lost control of his Vauxhall Astra while doing 45-50mph after slipping on the diesel, which is believed to have come from a leaking tank on a lorry.

"As I was coming on to the A14 I noticed the road looked black and thought maybe the heat had melted the road," said Mr Dosher, of Shrubland Avenue, Ipswich. "I slowed down and the next thing I was spinning. I went round a few times, went through a cone and up the embankment.

"I was very lucky not to slip over. I'm a little bit shaken but not stirred. It could have been a lot worse"

Pc Chris Allen, a motorcycle officer from Suffolk Police's traffic unit was the first policeman on the scene.

"I just happened to be going past at the time," he said. "We have had quite a serious diesel spillage from West Meadows to the A14-bound slip road. I set the bike up with blue lights and I had a car spinning immediately. Then we had one which went into the grass verge kicking stones up on to the road across the A14."

Pc Allen said several hundredweight of stones must have been thrown up by the incidents showering cars in their wake. He said the situation was not helped by some motorists who did not slow down until it was too late.

Pc Allen called other officers in to assist him. They attempted to clear most of the diesel from the road, until workers from Suffolk County Council arrived.

Meanwhile, Suffolk Police are due to release details of the man killed in the crash near Ixworth later today. It is believed he is aged in his 30s and from Norfolk.

Both men involved in the crash were trapped in their vehicles following the accident which happened at a T-junction onto the main road close to a water pumping unit.

The dead man becomes the 27th person to die on Suffolk's roads this year.

Dr Andy Mason, from the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service, attended the crash and was first on the scene where he pronounced the car driver dead.

The driver of the van, who has not been named, was cut free from the wreckage of his vehicle and taken to the West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, by ambulance. His injuries were not thought to be life threatening.

Firefighters from Ixworth, Elmswell and Bury St Edmunds spent over an hour at the scene using hydraulic cutting equipment to free the casualties.

The road was closed for more than four hours as wreckage was cleared and there was no sign today that any accident had taken place.

Three ambulance crews and a rapid response vehicle were also on the scene and the East Anglian Ambulance Trust air ambulance was also scrambled but was sent back to Norwich before attending.

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