Driver bailed after car and train crash

A MAN has been bailed by police following his arrest after a car crashed through security fencing and collided with a moving freight train in Ipswich.

Jo Thewlis

A MAN has been bailed by police following his arrest after a car crashed through security fencing and collided with a moving freight train in Ipswich.

The 36-year-old was arrested on suspicion of stealing a car, failure to report an accident and failure to provide a specimen of breath.

He was told to return to Ipswich Police station on January 12 after being questioned in relation to a crash in the town yesterday.


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The accident happened at the corner of Lindbergh Road and Cobham Road.

Despite the car - a Vauxhall Vectra - suffering extensive damage in the crash, the driver and his passenger escaped serious injury.

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Police said the driver walked away from the scene but was arrested in nearby Queen's Way on suspicion of theft of a car, failure to report an accident and failure to provide a specimen of breath.

The freight train partially derailed after yesterday lunchtime's crash on the approach to the Derby Road station but all the wagons remained upright.

A police spokesman said: “At 12.28pm, Suffolk Police were called to Cobham Road to reports that a green Vauxhall Vectra had gone through a fence, on to the railway line and collided with a passing freight train.

“The driver of the car was seen to walk away from the scene.

“The passing freight train then partially derailed on the approach to the Derby Road station.

“No-one was injured during the incident.”

The train was thought to be heading from Felixstowe to Ditton, Kent. All services on the line were suspended for several hours.

A spokesman for National Express said replacement buses ferried passengers to their destinations while the clear-up operation took place.

- Police are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the green Vauxhall Vectra prior to the incident.

Those with information should call Pc Paul Fletcher at the Police HQ Roads Policing Unit on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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