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Suffolk/Essex: Stronger breeze will make today feel even colder

PUBLISHED: 12:06 22 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:06 22 January 2013

Today will feel even colder than the past few days

Today will feel even colder than the past few days

Archant

THE severe weather front continues to grip Suffolk and north Essex today.

Fatal crash on the A12 at Kelvedon

OFFICERS are appealing for witnesses after a crash on the A12 left one dead and another in a serious condition.

The accident, which saw a Ford Mondeo leave the road and collide with a tree, happened at 7.05pm on Sunday on the northbound carriageway between Kelvedon and Marks Tey.

The driver, a 59-year-old man from the Colchester area, died at the scene. His passenger, a 57-year-old woman also from the Colchester area, sustained serious injuries.

The carriageway was closed until 11pm while the vehicle was recovered and police carried out investigations.

Witnesses should call the Essex Police serious collision investigation unit on 101.

Gritters have been out in force overnight treating roads across the two counties to help keep motorists safe following the heavy snowfall over the past few days.

A Suffolk County Council spokeswoman said: “The county council’s highways team will be monitoring the levels of snowfall across the county over the next few days.

“Depending on the depth of snowfall we will mobilise a number of farmers from all over Suffolk to help clear snow in rural areas.”

Drivers are being advised to take care on the roads following a spate of minor accidents.

A car and a van crashed on the A12 at Martlesham yesterday just after 7am leaving one lane of the northbound carriageway between Main Road and Ipswich Road blocked. No-one was believed to be injured.

Officers were also called to the B1112 at Eriswell yesterday morning to reports of a car leaving the road and ending up on its roof.

The male driver was pulled out and paramedics tended to his minor injuries.

A woman suffered a chest injury after her car slid off the road on the A120 Business Park in Colchester just after 8.45pm on Sunday.

Gary Sanderson, of East of England Ambulance Service, said: “A woman who we believe to be in her 20s sustained a chest injury which was non-life threatening and following treatment by the ambulance crew, she was taken to Colchester General for further care.” Rail passengers also faced heavy disruption due to the snow and ice meaning that trains ran at reduced speeds.

Delays were also experienced on the Ipswich to Peterborough line via Ely due to a problem at a level crossing between Kennett and Ely. Services were not expected to resume until late last night.

Rubbish collection services in Mid Suffolk, Babergh and Waveney were suspended yesterday due to the adverse weather conditions while in Ipswich crews battled the snow to collect bins wherever possible.

Residents were advised to still put out their bins for collection as soon as the weather improves.

Council bosses in Ipswich also warned people not to walk across ponds as what could look like fun could turn into an accident as well as to take care on any untreated pavements or paths.

Meanwhile in Tendring, waste contractors Veolia, were out on their rounds from early morning to continue normal collections and the district’s public conveniences and council leisure sites remained open.

Staff who could not work were redeployed to help with snow clearing and gritting duties.

Jim Bacon, of Norwich-based Weatherquest, said yesterday’s temperatures crept up to 1C but soon plummeted back to below zero.

“The weather will remain cold for the rest of the week and there isn’t really any change until after the weekend.”

Temperatures will reach a maximum of 1C and minimum of -4C but will feel cooler with the wind chill.

Witham MP Priti Patel faced questions over the prospect of a possible Cabinet return this morning in her first broadcast interview since quitting over her secret meetings with senior Israeli figures last year.

This is the last week that market traders will operate from Ipswich’s Cornhill for at least a year as work to rebuild the town centre is due to start.

Young apprentices in Haverhill have been honoured at an awards ceremony held to celebrate their successes and achievements.

Drivers are being warned they could face delays as roadworks begin at one of Ipswich’s busiest junctions this morning.

The government has still not agreed a deal to end its £50m commitment for the regional fire control “white elephant” in Cambridgeshire – nearly two years after negotiations started.

A police helicopter was involved in a search which continues this morning for a motorist involved in a single-vehicle crash in Suffolk last night.

James Blunt and Plan B have joined this year’s Newmarket Nights line-up.

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