Police in 999 crash drama

A 999 police call ended in a dramatic smash on an Ipswich road, leaving an officer and a 54-year-old man in hospital today.The police car on its way to a high priority call collided with Skoda Felicia in Landseer Road at around 10.

A 999 police call ended in a dramatic smash on an Ipswich road, leaving an officer and a 54-year-old man in hospital today.

The police car on its way to a high priority call collided with Skoda Felicia in Landseer Road at around 10.15pm yesterday, before careering on and crashing into a fence post and telegraph pole which fell into a nearby garden.

The Roads Policing Unit is today carrying out an investigation into how the crash happened.

And shocked residents told how they heard massive bangs and screaming and shouting coming from the cars as they rushed to help.

The driver of the Skoda, today remained in Ipswich hospital as did one a 45-year-old male police officer, while a second officer, aged 33, was released from hospital last night.

A police spokeswoman said the Skoda driver had been kept in for observation and was stable, while the officer, a passenger in the police car was waiting to have an x-ray.

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She also confirmed the police car had been attending a “grade one” incident - the highest priority - after reports of an intruder on premises in south east Ipswich.

Meanwhile, residents at the scene near to Hogarth Road, today told of the moment they heard the crash.

Cuthbert Senah was at home when he heard the cars collide and was first on scene. The police car careered on and knocked down a telegraph pole which landed in his front garden, inches away from his front door.

He said: “I didn't actually see the accident but I heard a bang and I came out of my house and saw the cars. I nearly tripped over the wires from the phone pole.

“There was screaming and shouting coming from the police car, so I ran over to the officers, but they managed to get themselves out.

“I then tried to help the man because he was clearly trapped. The officers tried to help too, but they couldn't pull him free so they called for the fire service and ambulance.

“The man was quiet the whole time. He wouldn't say a word.”

Douglas Button was about to go to bed when he heard two “almighty bangs”.

He said: “The first bang was when the car hit the fence and the second was when the pole came down.

“There was quite a crowd of people out there.

“I was quite lucky because if the pole had come down in my garden, it would have landed on my car.”

Three fire crews, and three ambulances and a paramedic attend the scene.

The fire crews managed to release the trapped man using cutting and a spineboard.

In June last year, Cheryl Lloyd died when the marked police car she was driving collided with a stationary lorry in West end Road.

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n. ACCIDENT investigators were today still examining evidence from a collision on the busy A14 between an articulated lorry and a milk float.

The 39-year-old milkman, who worked for the Co-op dairy, was taken to Ipswich Hospital after the crash and received 12 stitches for a head wound, cuts to his face and also treatment for a split tongue.

He was released from hospital after treatment following the crash at around 7am yesterday and is now understood to be recovering at home.

Today the police accident investigation team was looking at details of the smash, which happened on the Felixstowe-bound carriageway at Levington.

No charges have been brought as yet, but decisions will not be made until the full investigation is complete.

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