Thousands delayed after A12 crashes

THOUSANDS of drivers faced miles of tailbacks on the A12 today after a mother and baby were among those caught up in a series of crashes.The rush-hour chaos began at around 8.20am this morning...

THOUSANDS of drivers faced miles of tailbacks on the A12 today after a mother and baby were among those caught up in a series of crashes.

The rush-hour chaos began at around 8.20am this morning when two cars were involved in a minor shunt close to the Dedham turn-off on the Essex border.

A spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Service confirmed that the accident was minor and there were no injuries.

However, minutes later a second accident happened in the same area.

The spokeswoman said: “At 8.22am we were informed of a second accident thought to have involved five or six cars.

“There were two people with minor injuries following this incident but no-one has been taken to hospital.

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“At around 8.47am we received a report of another accident about a quarter of a mile before the Colchester turn-off which was another two-car shunt.

“It's been reported to us that there was a mother in the car with her baby in her arms.”

Police from both Suffolk and Essex attended the incident, along with ambulance crews from both counties.

Queues had backed up as far as the Capel St Mary junction.

A spokesman for Suffolk police said: “Initially it was reported to us that there were accidents on both carriageways but this turned out to be due to the fact that people on the Ipswich-bound carriageway were slowing down because of what was happening on the other side.

“Inevitably when there are emergency vehicles with their lights flashing people will slow down to see what's going on so this has resulted in some congestion in the opposite direction.”

The road was re-opened before 9.30am.

Drivers who were attempting to avoid the jams on the A12 by cutting through Brantham, Manningtree and Lawford were also met with delays due to roadworks close to a building site on Lawford Hill.

Meanwhile emergency services were called to the A14 at Coddenham today after a van and a car collided.

The incident happened in at 8am in the Ipswich direction and three police cars and two ambulances were called to the scene.

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