Residents demand action over speed

RESIDENTS of a busy Ipswich road were today demanding action to slow down traffic after an accident demolished a garden wall.A Mazda sports coupé left Wherstead Road, and crashed into the wall.

RESIDENTS of a busy Ipswich road were today demanding action to slow down traffic after an accident demolished a garden wall.

A Mazda sports coupé left Wherstead Road, and crashed into the wall.

It is not yet known whether speed was a cause of yesterday's crash but nearby residents claim it is only a matter of time before someone is killed on the road.

Sheila Schanz, who lives next door to the house whose garden wall was knocked down, said they had asked the borough council to change the road layout in the area.


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She said: “I didn't see what happened today, but I heard a big bang. The driver could not get out of his side, so he had to shuffle across to the passenger's side.

“Luckily he was not hurt - but we do worry that there could be a very nasty accident at some stage.”

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Mrs Schanz said some vehicles do come off the roundabout, at the entrance to the West Bank Terminal of Ipswich Port, very fast.

She said: “We have seen cars come round there using it like an obstacle course and roaring away.

“People have been in touch with the council before, but officials have always said the road is safe because no one has been killed.

“We should not have to wait until someone dies on the road before they come up with something to make the road safer.”

Police were called to the accident at around 11am yesterday morning but disruption was reduced to a minimum because the damaged car ended up on the side pavement, off the carriageway itself.

No one from the borough was available to comment on safety issues on Wherstead Road.

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