Tragic driver named
PUBLISHED: 12:46 05 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:18 03 March 2010
SUFFOLK police have named the driver killed in a fatal collision near Bury St Edmunds. Adrian Parker, 30, of Rymer Caravan Park, Barnham, near Thetford died when his Ford Escort collided with a van.
SUFFOLK police today named the driver killed in a fatal collision near Bury St Edmunds.
Adrian Parker, 30, of Rymer Caravan Park, Barnham, near Thetford, died when his Ford Escort was in collision with a Vauxhall Movano van driven by Stephen Cousins, 60, of Peatlings Lane, Leverington, near Wisbech.
Mr Parker is the 27th person to die on Suffolk's roads this year.
Mr Cousins suffered serious leg injuries in the smash which occurred on the A1088 half a mile before Ixworth,
approaching from Norton. He is currently being treated at the West Suffolk Hospital.
Dr Andy Mason, from the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service, was called to the crash but was unable to save Mr Parker and pronounced him dead at the scene.
The road was closed for more than four hours as wreckage was cleared.
Three ambulance crews and a rapid response vehicle were also sent to help and the East Anglian Ambulance Trust air ambulance was scrambled but was dispatched back to Norwich before attending.
Elsewhere in the county there was traffic chaos today.
Motorists on the A14 near the Asda superstore, in Goddard Road, Ipswich were showered by a hail of stones after a diesel spillage turned the road into something resembling a skating rink at 8.15am. At least two cars went off the road and others are said to have scraped the barriers.
One driver, Andrew Dosher, lost
control of his Vauxhall Astra while doing 45-50mph after slipping on the diesel, which is believed to have
come from a leaking tank on a lorry.
"As I was coming on to the A14 I noticed the road looked black and thought maybe the heat had melted the road," said Mr Dosher, of Shrubland Avenue, Ipswich.
"I slowed down and the next thing I was spinning. I went round a few times, went through a cone and up the embankment.
"I was very lucky not to slip over. I'm a little bit shaken but not stirred. It could have been a lot worse"
Pc Chris Allen, a motorcycle officer from Suffolk Police's traffic unit was the first policeman on the scene.
"I just happened to be going past at the time," he said. "We have had quite a serious diesel spillage. I set the bike up with blue lights and I had a car spinning immediately. Then we had one which went into the grass verge kicking stones up on to the road across the A14."
Pc Allen said several hundredweight of stones must have been thrown up by the incidents, showering cars in their wake. He added the situation was not helped by some motorists who did not slow down until it was too late.
Pc Allen called other officers to assist him in clearing most of the diesel from the road while waiting for workers from Suffolk County Council to arrive to clear up the remainder.