Roads warning after tractor crash

POLICE today warned motorists to beware of slow-moving hazards, after a tractor was involved in an accident on the A14.As later editions of the Evening Star reported yesterday , a blue Ford tractor was left in pieces after a collision with a lorry near Claydon at around 10am yesterday.

By Jessica Nicholls

POLICE today warned motorists to beware of slow-moving hazards, after a tractor was involved in an accident on the A14.

As later editions of the Evening Star reported yesterday , a blue Ford tractor was left in pieces after a collision with a lorry near Claydon at around 10am yesterday.

The accident was one of a series on Suffolk's roads yesterday, which left one man dead and a teenage woman fighting for her life.

Anna Woolnough, spokeswoman for Suffolk police said: "Current legislation allows for the movement of tractors and other slow moving vehicles on A roads.

"Motorists should always be aware of all other vehicles on the road and adjust their own driving speed to allow for a slow moving vehicle. By ensuring that proper following distances are adhered to accidents will be prevented."

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The driver of the tractor, who is aged about 18, was taken to Ipswich Hospital, but his injuries were not considered to be life threatening and the lorry driver, aged about 50 was also treated after complaining of stomach pains.

Today an 18-year-old woman is still in a critical condition after the car she was driving was involved in a crash on the Fordham Road in Newmarket shortly after midnight yesterday. She is currently in Addenbrooke's hospital.

And residents in Great Barton are appealing for a bypass after a taxi driver was killed on the Ixworth Road near the village.

The 62-year-old cabbie who lived locally was involved in a head on crash with a coach, operated by Simonds of Botesdale at 7.30am yesterday.

Martyn Simonds, managing director of Simonds of Botesdale said the coach was empty at the time and was about to begin a service from Bury St Edmunds to Diss.

Margaret Horbury who represents Great Barton on St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: "We need a bypass desperately.

"It gets busier and busier each day and the traffic is appalling.

"The village is a pinch point and it can be a death defying experience to pull out from the crossroads near the Bunbury Arms.

"It is becoming absolutely impossible.

"A bypass for Great Barton would be heaven and it is a dreadful thing to say but the more accidents we have here the better the chance we have of getting something done."

25.11.1999 - Tractor v Bedford mini van - van driver Darren Smith received serious head and facial injuries.

14.01.2000 - Tractor v van at Seven Hills Interchange - No injuries

01.02.2000 - Tractor v lorry at Rougham - Lorry driver John Graham, 47, cut free. The tractor, which had a trailer, had broken down when it was hit by the lorry and came within inches of plunging over a 40ft bridge Firefighters said the driver of the Leyland truck Jonathan King of Brandon was lucky to escape without being seriously hurt. The driver of the tractor, John Smith of Soham was uninjured

04.04.2000 - Tractor and trailer v lorry at Beyton near Stowmarket. Pallets of potatoes were thrown off the trailer by the impact and ended up strewn over the road.The tractor driver Richard King, 28, of Badingham was not hurt but lorry driver, Sean Gallagher, 35, of St Martin's Way, Thetford suffered minor injuries to one hand

11.02.2003 - Tractor v articulated lorry and a tanker at Claydon - two people were taken to hospital. It involved a tractor carrying a digger which overturned a white heavy goods vehicle which ended up on its side on the central reservation and a white and green Volvo tanker. The drivers of the overturned tractor and the lorry were slightly injured.

05.09.2003 - Tractor v lorry near Claydon - Tractor driver, believed to be about 18 and from Scotland, was taken to Ipswich Hospital with head and neck injuries and severe lacerations. The lorry driver, aged about 50, was treated for shock and stomach pains.

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