Passenger treated following bus crash

AN elderly passenger was treated for shock today after being thrown from her seat when the bus she was on was in collision with a car.Police and an ambulance were called following the accident involving a single-decker bus and a car in Great Blakenham at around 10.20am.

AN elderly passenger was treated for shock today after being thrown from her seat when the bus she was on was in collision with a car.

Police and an ambulance were called following the accident involving a single-decker bus and a car in Great Blakenham at around 10.20am.

The bus was a First service travelling from Ipswich to Needham Market and is thought to have been carrying around 12 passengers at the time.

The car involved was a red Fiat Ibiza, and the driver, a Great Blakenham man in his 40s, was also treated for shock at the scene but is not thought to have been injured.

They collided at the junction of Gipping Road and the B1113.

A villager who arrived shortly after the accident said that the junction was dangerous and he had seen several near-misses at the location.

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Steve Plume, of Great Blakenham, said: “It must have happened just before I got here - there were about 12 passengers on the bus.

“That junction is a disaster waiting to happen.

“There is no clear indication to drivers of who has right-of-way, every approach to the junction is signed 'give way'.

“I have seen a number of near-misses since the council made what they call improvements to the junction.

“Everyone in the village has been saying they think it is more dangerous now.”

An ambulance service spokeswoman said: “Two people received treatment for shock and minor injuries at the scene but no-one was seriously injured and no-one needed to be taken to hospital.”

A spokeswoman for Suffolk County Council said the council was not aware of any concerns about safety at the junction.

She said: “Anyone with concerns should write to environment and transport at Suffolk County Council and they will be investigated.”

Were you a passenger on the bus involved? Call the Evening Star newsdesk on 01473 324788 or e-mail starnews@eveningstar.co.uk.

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