Safety call after teenager injured

INCREASED safety measures are needed at the junction where a teenager sustained serious injuries in a two-car collision, residents living nearby claimed today.

INCREASED safety measures are needed at the junction where a teenager sustained serious injuries in a two-car collision, residents living nearby claimed today.

The accident happened when a Peugeot 206 collided with a Ford Focus shortly before 8pm on Friday at the junction of Gandish Road and Manningtree Road in East Bergholt.

A teenage girl suffered serious head injuries, a fractured pelvis and ankle and is currently in the intensive care unit at Ipswich Hospital. Police said she was still in a serious condition in hospital but her life was not in danger.

Another teenage girl fractured her pelvis and is still in the hospital and a teenage boy who fractured his skull is back at home.


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A woman, who was in the Peugeot, suffered injuries to her knee but was not admitted to hospital.

Frances Stringfellow, of Gandish Road, said the junction had seen three accidents in recent years.

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She continued: “You can't see what's coming up the road. The hedges need cutting right back.

“You have to stop and look and gradually move forward - you really take a chance.”

Another resident added: “It's almost a blind turning because the position of the road is such that you can't see very far to the right.

“You have to be careful getting out. But I would have thought it would have been easier getting out of the junction at night because you can see the other cars' lights.”

A third resident said: “The junction is very dangerous. Something needs to be done about it.”

Three ambulances were called to the accident following reports of the collision, while fire crews from Colchester, Hadleigh and Princes Street in Ipswich cut the teenage girl out of the car.

A spokesman for The East of England Ambulance Service confirmed three casualties were taken to Ipswich Hospital.

Do you think the junction is dangerous? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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