Air ambulance called after separate lorry crashes bring A14 to a standstill near Ipswich

Emergency services at the scene of a serious crash on the A14. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Emergency services at the scene of a serious crash on the A14. Picture: CONTRIBUTED - Credit: Archant

An air ambulance touched down to treat an injured lorry driver on the A14 in Suffolk this evening – after two major crashes brought rush-hour traffic to a standstill.

Suffolk police received reports of a crash on the A14 eastbound near Claydon at 5.06pm, followed by a collision near the A140 junction at Coddenham, just a couple of miles away, at 5.45pm.

The Coddenham crash, also in the eastbound carriageway, involved two lorries and a silver Vauxhall Astra.

One of the HGV drivers become trapped in their vehicle, complaining of chest pains.

Five fire crews freed the driver from his lorry and an air ambulance touched down on the eastbound carriageway to provide emergency medical care.

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A Suffolk police spokesman said the driver’s injuries were not thought to be life-threatening or life-changing. The other two drivers were unhurt.

Traffic is reported to be moving by taking a diversion via the A140 off-slip and then back on to the A14.

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The Claydon crash, which also involved two lorries and a red Seat car, had been cleared soon after 7pm.

No one is reported to have been injured in that collision.

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