Teen hurt as road chaos hits

A TEENAGER was taken to hospital today and hundreds of motorists delayed after a terrible spate of accidents.The worst incident saw Norwich Road closed for almost four hours after a pedestrian suffered head injuries in a collision with a car.

A TEENAGER was taken to hospital today and hundreds of motorists delayed after a terrible spate of accidents.

The worst incident saw Norwich Road closed for almost four hours after a pedestrian suffered head injuries in a collision with a car.

The man, who is aged in his late teens and is from the Ipswich area, was in collision with a blue Toyota MR2 in Norwich Road at about 3.10am.

The road was closed while ambulance crews treated the pedestrian and police began an accident investigation.


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The injured man was taken to Ipswich Hospital where his condition was described as stable.

The driver of the MR2, who is also from the Ipswich area, escaped injury.

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Just after 8.30am today an elderly motorcyclist was in collision with a car in Fore Street.

Part of the road was blocked while ambulance crews attended to the injured man and the scene was cleared.

The motorcyclist, who was aged about 80, was taken to Ipswich Hospital with what were believed to be minor injuries.

Less than 20 minutes later, just before 8.50am, a motorist was trapped in his R-reg Rover after it overturned on the B1106 at Fornham St Genevieve.

The man was conscious and was treated at the scene by a doctor.

The spate of incidents followed delays to rush hour traffic yesterday after two separate accidents.

Police and ambulance crews attended the scene on the B1070 at Holton St Mary at 5.30pm where a car and motorcyclist had collided.

The motorcyclist was injured and taken to Ipswich Hospital.

Ipswich police described the injuries as non-life threatening.

Police and ambulances also attended a collision between a van and motorcyclist on the A12, two miles from Copdock in the Ipswich direction at 4.45pm.

Again the motorcyclist, a 17-year-old boy, was injured and taken to Ipswich Hospital but his injuries were not thought to be life threatening.

Both vehicles were removed by 6pm.

Although neither of the roads was closed, lanes were blocked and traffic slowed.

The latest incidents coincided with a plea for motorists to take care after eight people were killed in crashes over the past three weeks in Suffolk.

A 20-year-old man from Mildenhall area became the latest fatality yesterday after a two-vehicle accident.

There have been four deaths in the past five days and the number of road fatalities this year in Suffolk has reached 38, compared with 59 in 2003.

A spokesman for Suffolk Police said: "It has been a particularly bad few weeks, which is extremely distressing, especially in the run-up to what should be a happy, festive period.

"Investigations are now ongoing into all these collisions, but we would always advise people to take care when driving on Suffolk's roads."

Anyone with information about today's Norwich Road accident should call Sgt Chris Rodda at Suffolk Police's road policing unit on 01473 613500.

What do you think could be done to improve road safety? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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