Residents' fury after fatal crash

ANGRY residents today pleaded for safety improvements after another motorist was killed on a notorious stretch of Suffolk road.A 31-year-old motorcyclist became the third person in only a few weeks to die after a crash on the A143 at Great Barton, near Bury St Edmunds.

ANGRY residents today pleaded for safety improvements after another motorist was killed on a notorious stretch of Suffolk road.

A 31-year-old motorcyclist became the third person in only a few weeks to die after a crash on the A143 at Great Barton, near Bury St Edmunds.

The accident, involving the motorbike and a tractor just outside Great Barton, was also the second incident in the village yesterday morning.

The motorcyclist, who is believed to be from Eye, died from his injuries following the 8.30am collision involving his Yamaha and a John Deere tractor and trailer.


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Dallas Barnett, who lives next to the A143 with her husband Reg, saw an accident that claimed two lives only last month.

She said: “How many more people are going to die before something is done?

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“It seems to get worse every day - I think the road is just not made for this volume of traffic. I don't know what the answer is but perhaps more traffic calming measures would be a start.”

But Great Barton Parish Council chairman Derek Firth said the bypass it had been fighting for would probably not have helped prevent these particular incidents.

However, Guy McGregor, the county council's highways spokesman, said there were no immediate plans for improvements.

“We have to discuss what caused the accident and if the road is at fault, we will address that,” he said.

“There will be a fatal accident report which will be looked at by our road safety department and the police.

“We have looked at a bypass for Great Barton but under the present Government funding arrangements it is almost impossible to envisage that funds will come to the county council for it.”

He added that safety measures in the village included a speed activation sign, a 30mph speed limit and a 40mph buffer zone.

Police had already been called to the stretch of road yesterday morning after a lorry became stuck in the verge a few minutes earlier at the other end of the village.

Officers were unable to confirm if the lorry incident at the Ixworth end of the village was connected to the fatal crash.

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