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White Christmas brings problems

PUBLISHED: 12:30 24 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 March 2010

THE weekend snow and ice across the region showed both the joy and despair that a white Christmas can bring.

While thousands of people across the region were enjoying the simple pleasures of playing in the snow, many motorists were faced with horrific driving conditions.

THE weekend snow and ice across the region showed both the joy and despair that a white Christmas can bring.

While thousands of people across the region were enjoying the simple pleasures of playing in the snow, many motorists were faced with horrific driving conditions.

The white weekend resulted in a number of car accidents across Suffolk, one of which was fatal.

Police have urged motorists to drive with extra caution on icy roads after an Essex man was killed in a horror crash in Suffolk.

The driver of a blue Mondeo was killed following a collision with a tree on the A14 eastbound at Rougham.

The 43-year-old victim was cut free from the vehicle and taken to West Suffolk Hospital but was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival.

Further details of the man's identity have yet to be released by police.

An eye witness to the accident said that the driver lost control of the vehicle on the Rougham bends, near the Ravenwood Hotel junction, and left the road before hitting the tree.

All three emergency services and a SARS (Suffolk Accident and Rescue Service) doctor attended the scene of the crash, which happened just before 9.45am yesterday. >

The conditions on the road were described as "treacherous" by an eye witness, who added there was snow in the outside lane of the A14. The road was closed temporarily while the wreckage was cleared up.

No other cars were involved in the collision and the victim was the only person in the car.

Meanwhile an Ipswich man had a lucky escape after hitting a patch of black ice on the A14 near Cambridge.

He lost control of the car and collided into a crash barrier but escaped with only minor injuries.

He said: "It happened at about 8.15pm on Saturday night and police told me it was the seventh incident they had dealt with on that stretch of road that night."

He added: " was driving back from Manchester but the conditions were only really bad in East Anglia."

Inspector Mike Hinshelwood, of Suffolk police, said: "When the weather takes a turn for the worse drivers should exercise extreme caution.

"It's all too easy to lose control and end up having to shunt. Always ensure you can be seen at all times and put dipped headlights on."

He confirmed that police had attended several road accidents in Suffolk over the weekend, most of which were minor. He also said three or four cars had spun off the A14.

Emergency services attended a crash at Bromeswell, near Woodbridge, at 12.15pm on Saturday.

One person was taken to hospital following the two vehicle accident outside the Cherry Tree public house, Orford Road. The extent of the victim's injuries are not known.

Yesterday just after 2pm three people were taken to hospital after a car collided with a wall in The Street, Pakenham, near Bury St Edmunds.

A fire crew from Princes Street attended a two vehicle accident on Robeck Road, Ipswich at 18.25pm on Saturday. Nobody was believed to be hurt in the incident.

Forecasters predicted milder weather today but said the chances of snow on Christmas Day remained high.


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