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Traffic cop breaks seven ribs in crash

PUBLISHED: 10:33 03 January 2002 | UPDATED: 11:06 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK traffic policeman broke seven ribs when his parked car was involved in a collision with a lorry while he helped to divert traffic after a five-car pile up.

A SUFFOLK traffic policeman broke seven ribs when his parked car was involved in a collision with a lorry while he helped to divert traffic after a five-car pile up.

The constable, who has not been named, was lucky to escape with his life after a truck ploughed into the back of his patrol car on the A14 carriageway, on the outskirts of Ipswich.

Two of the broken ribs have "complications" and the officer was expected to remain at Ipswich Hospital for at least 36 hours, according to a police spokeswoman today. He also suffered cuts and bruises.

Yesterday's accident happened as officers from Suffolk police traffic unit were trying to sort out the chaos left by another accident which occurred almost 90 minutes earlier.

A Suffolk police spokeswoman said one of the officers at the scene was injured when a HGV struck his vehicle around 10am on the Felixstowe-bound carriageway of the A14 at the Copdock Interchange.

Paramedics gave first aid to the officer who was treated for shock and for cuts and bruises he suffered in the smash. He was taken to Ipswich Hospital.

He was called to the A14 at Copdock after a five-car shunt in the outside eastbound lane at around 8.35am.

A Suffolk police spokeswoman said: "One person was taken to hospital from the first crash. It was while the officer was helping to supervise the scene that a lorry was in collision with his car."

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