Destruction Derby driver hurt in crash

A DRIVER taking part in a Destruction Derby in front of around 4,000 spectators had to be taken to hospital last night after a head-on crash.Firefighters and paramedics were called to Foxhall Stadium in Ipswich to release two drivers at around 5.

A DRIVER taking part in a Destruction Derby in front of around 4,000 spectators had to be taken to hospital last night after a head-on crash.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to Foxhall Stadium in Ipswich to release two drivers at around 5.30pm.

The event was stopped for around 50 minutes while they freed the men – Simon Fennell, from Clacton, and Hayden Bennett, from Bury St Edmunds.

Mr Fennell was taken to Ipswich Hospital for treatment but was later discharged. Mr Bennett did not need hospital treatment.


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Roy Eaton, of event promoters Spedeworth International, said: "It was just the sheer impact and I think that shook them up."

It is believed Mr Fennell was initially knocked unconscious in the accident, but he was able to speak to paramedics before being ferried to hospital.

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The accident happened shortly after the start of the Destruction Derby.

Meanwhile, fire crews were also called to released a man trapped inside a car after it overturned yesterday on the B1078 at Nedging Tye.

He was released shortly before 5pm and taken to Ipswich Hospital by ambulance. There was no information about his condition.

Earlier yesterday, two people suffered serious injuries after an accident in Ipswich.

The two-vehicle collision, involving a blue Honda Civic, happened at 12.14pm on Chevallier Street.

One man was taken to hospital with chest and neck injuries while another person suffered from lower body injuries but neither are believed to be life threatening.

No other details of the incident were available.

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