Update: Police name teen who died in double fatal crash
PUBLISHED: 15:23 25 January 2013 | UPDATED: 17:41 25 January 2013
A TEENAGER who died in a car crash on the A14 has been named as Adam Weller from Weeting in Norfolk.
The 19-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene on the A14 eastbound carriageway at Bury St Edmunds last night.
His 16-year-old passenger sustained serious injuries and was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge with an air ambulance escort in a critical condition but also died earlier today. His identity has yet to be released by police.
The accident happened near junction 43 just before 9pm and two vehicles were seen travelling along the road, a silver BMW and a red Ford Fiesta, the BMW left the carriageway and collided with trees at the side of the A14.
The driver of the Fiesta, a 20-year-old man from Bury St Edmunds, was arrested last night on suspicion of dangerous driving.
He has been bailed until March 4 pending further enquiries.
Suffolk police, the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) attended the scene along with a rapid response vehicle and two ambulances from East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST).
Ben Hall, from Suffolk Accident Rescue Service, said one of the team’s volunteer doctors, Jeremy Mauger, was first on scene after the police.
Mr Hall was quick to praise Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service for their work to free the passenger.
“The fire service did a fantastic job,” he added. “It was a difficult extrication and took over an hour.
“It was a pretty nasty accident and a real team effort.”
An EEAST spokesman said: “Our thoughts are with all those affected in what was a sad and distressing incident.
“All emergency services worked well together to free the casualties who were initially trapped inside the car.”
The road reopened at 3.30am after officers carried out initial investigations.
Although some witnesses have been spoken to, police are keen to speak to anyone who was travelling along the A14 at the time who may have seen the two vehicles or the crash when it took place.
Witnesses or anyone with information should call Pc Danny Ormes at the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101.