Teenager dies after car hit building

AN 18-year-old man died and three others were taken to hospital after a car veered off the road and crashed into a building in Sudbury.The Ford Fiesta was travelling down Ballingdon Road towards Sudbury when it came off the road at the entrance to Ballingdon Hill industrial estate and hit the Sharp Labels Ltd building.

AN 18-year-old man died and three others were taken to hospital after a car veered off the road and crashed into a building in Sudbury.

The Ford Fiesta was travelling down Ballingdon Road towards Sudbury when it came off the road at the entrance to Ballingdon Hill industrial estate and hit the Sharp Labels Ltd building.

Paramedics, fire fighters and police were called to the scene of the accident, which occurred just before 10pm yesterday.

The 18-year-old driver from the Sudbury area, believed to have been released by the fire service, was pronounced dead at the scene.


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Two males and a female – all aged around 16 – were taken to the West Suffolk Hospital, where they were treated for shock.

At the scene of the accident, tyre marks could be seen on the road and remnants of a fence were scattered on the grass verge.

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A nearby resident, who did not wish to be named, said: "We were at home and heard a bang. It must have been the impact.

"It is the second accident on this road. There was one about three or four weeks ago – another fatality – at the top of the hill.

"At the moment all the residents have been given a form about suggestions for traffic calming measures at the top of the hill."

John Sharp, managing director of Sharp Labels, said: "There is a bit of damage to the shrubbery and the front of the building, but that is minor compared to the death of the driver.

"It is a tragic thing to happen, especially coming up to Christmas."

Suffolk police are appealing for witnesses and anyone who was in the area at the time is asked to call Pc Graham Clarke at Bury St Edmunds traffic unit on 01284 774153.

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