Woman cut free as crash drama causes chaos

VIDEO Another major road was closed in Ipswich this morning, causing further delays to drivers making their way into town. Police blocked off Wherstead Road after a car crash involving two vehicles.

ANOTHER major road was closed in Ipswich this morning, causing further delays to drivers making their way into town.

Police blocked off Wherstead Road after a car crash involving two vehicles.

Today's accident closed a major artery into the town centre just 24 hours after Woodbridge Road was closed following serious subsidence.

In today's accident a woman was cut from her car and taken to Ipswich Hospital with head and neck injuries.


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Wherstead Road was blocked off for nearly an hour, adding to disruption caused by the recent closure of Woodbridge Road.

Traffic remains chaotic in Ipswich after one of the town's busiest roads collapsed due to subsidence and drivers have been forced to find alternative routes with some choosing rat runs to speed up their journeys.

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This morning's crash happened just before rush hour and many drivers were forced to turn back. Emergency services were called at about 6.50am as motorists made their way into the town centre.

A Wherstead Road resident, living just feet away from where the crash happened, said: “I didn't hear a thing. My double glazing must be good because the first I knew about it was when I opened the blinds this morning and saw three fire engines.

“They were cutting a woman out of her car. Nothing like this has happened along this road while I've been living here.”

The road was shut at the start of the rush hour and added to the problems caused by the closure of Woodbridge Road following Tuesday's subsidence.

The road itself was closed yesterday morning to allow engineers to try to find the cause of the subsidence.

Initial suspicions that it could have been caused by a collapsed sewer proved inaccurate - and work was continuing to get to the root of the problem.

Engineers fear it could be the weekend, at best, before the road is fully reopened to traffic.

Today drivers were able to find their way around the closure - and there were fewer vehicles on the road because of the schools' strike.

Ipswich Buses managing director Malcolm Robson said people seemed to be adjusting to the new routes - and he had been told the road would be closed until Saturday at the earliest.

He said: “Things are much better today because people are starting to get used to the fact the road is closed. The buses are getting through much better today.”

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