A140: Car bursts in to flames following accident between Mendlesham and Earl Stonham

A woman was dramatically resced from a burning car seconds before it exploded in a ball of flames. The accident happened on the A140 at Creeting St Mary, Suffolk, when she was involved in a head on collision with an HGV. A woman was dramatically resced from a burning car seconds before it exploded in a ball of flames. The accident happened on the A140 at Creeting St Mary, Suffolk, when she was involved in a head on collision with an HGV.

Sunday, December 8, 2013
2:40 PM

A woman had to be rescued from her car by passers by just before it burst into flames after colliding with a lorry.

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The drama unfolded on the A140 between Mendlesham and Earl Stonham at 8.30am.

The woman’s car was in collision with a lorry before veering into a hedge.

It is understood that passing drivers stopped to help the woman, who was initially trapped against the steering wheel in the car.

Following the crash the woman was taken to hospital, where she was treated for shock and burns to her leg.

Fire crews from Eye, Debenham and Stowmarket attended the blaze.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service’s Carl Francis said: “The people who happened upon the incident acted very thoughtfully, very heroically.

“The lady was obviously shocked. The fire had started at the time of impact. They have undoubtedly saved an incident that could have been very much worse.”

Did you save the woman? Or would you like to pay tribute to the rescuers? Contact the newsroom at newsroom@archant.co.uk.

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