Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 1°C

min temp: -2°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Yoxford: Crash investigation to establish if A12 safety work now needed

16:03 18 July 2014

The scene of an overturned lorry on the A12 at Yoxford.

The scene of an overturned lorry on the A12 at Yoxford.

Archant

Reasons behind a serious crash which closed a busy Suffolk road for four hours will be analysed by highways experts to see if any safety improvements are needed.

A 45-year-old car driver suffered serious life threatening injuries and was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital following the collision involving his grey Peugeot and a red and white Scania lorry.

The man remains in hospital and his condition is described as being “critical but stable”.

Police said the crash happened at 1.15pm on Thursday on the northbound carriageway of the A12 just before Yoxford.

The lorry, which was left overturned in a field, spilled sand and shingle across the carriageway. The driver was uninjured.

Graham Newman, cabinet member for roads and transport at Suffolk County Council, said that stretch of the A12 already had speed restrictions and he was waiting for a full report on the accident.

He said: “It would be most unwise to jump to conclusions as to its causes.

“What I do know is the village itself – and the A12’s junctions with the A1120 and the B1122 – are covered by a 30mph speed limit which is frequently monitored by the police’s mobile camera team.

“There is a limit of 40mph to the north of the village to beyond Darsham station; and 50mph to the south, the latter being on a relatively straight section of road, leading down to Kelsale and the Saxmundham bypass.

“Our thoughts must go out to the motorist involved and his family.

“Incidents which involve serious injury such as this will receive thorough analysis by our road safety team once police reports are to hand, to establish whether there are any deficiencies in the highway infrastructure which need to be addressed.

“It is obviously unfortunate that this came to pass on the eve of the Latitude Festival, when the A12 is unusually busy – particularly after the roadworks at Blythburgh further north were completed successfully in time for the festival.”

The lorry remains at the side of the A12 and was due to be recovered at 2am today to allow minimum disruption to road users.

The road was being closed and diversions put in place with recovery expected to take several hours. Motorists were advised to avoid the area or take alternative routes.

Anyone who saw the collision or the vehicles prior to the crash should call PC Allie Cotton of the Suffolk Constabulary Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101.

1 comment

  • Considering the Police were creating massive tailbacks south from Darsham with their ridiculous annual ritual of pulling any rusty van over to dip for red diesel and any vw campervan to sniff for drugs (lets get the crimes solved rate up in one weekend), its was only a matter of time before a tragedy happened. Thoughts go out to those involved...

    Report this comment

    jakeb

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The Black Horse

The first edition of the Ordnance Survey of Ipswich 1883, produced at a scale of 1.500, is a fascinating read, writes John Norman, of the Ipswich Society.

The frozen mere in front of the castle on the hill at Framlingham. Picture: Sophie Pope

A few years ago, I was strolling through Framlingham with Tom, one of my children, writes Terry Hunt, editor-in-chief of the EADT and Ipswich Star.

The National Sheep Association believes an immediate move away from the single market at the point of departure from the EU could be disastrous to UK sheep farmers.

Sheep farmers have warned that the Prime Minister’s announcements on trade pose “a huge risk” to the UK sheep sector.

Prime Minister Theresa May Credit:  Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

The Prime Minister Theresa May is set to become the first foreign leader to make an official visit to the new US President Donald Trump.

RNLI (stock image) Picture: James Bass

A capsized kayaker was rescued from the water at the entrance of an Essex harbour.

Sunrise at a frosty Flatford. www.parrishcolmanphotography.co.uk

Freezing weather is likely to bring widespread ice and treacherous conditions across Suffolk and north Essex tonight with temperatures as low as -7C forecast for parts of the region.

Launch of Home-Start Suffolk: East Ipswich & Coastal's annual Jail and Bail fundraiser. Volunteers get locked up in Woodbridge's Shire Hall to be released when they raise enough sponsorship (or 'bail' money).

A Suffolk charity is seeking fundraising fugitives to join its rogues gallery in the slammer.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24