Driver killed at the junction from hell

By Dave GooderhamA MOTORIST has died just yards from a crossing labelled the “junction from hell” - the third death there in the past four years.The victim, a man who is believed to be aged in his 20s, died when the Saab he was driving was involved in a collision with a lorry on the A142 Fordham Road, near Newmarket.

By Dave Gooderham

A MOTORIST has died just yards from a crossing labelled the “junction from hell” - the third death there in the past four years.

The victim, a man who is believed to be aged in his 20s, died when the Saab he was driving was involved in a collision with a lorry on the A142 Fordham Road, near Newmarket.

The accident, which happened at about 10.45pm on Tuesday night, was just north of the A14 junction.


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It has sparked calls for improvements to the accident blackspot, which claimed the lives of two other motorists in the past four years and has been the scene of countless more crashes.

Suffolk county councillor Donald Levick, whose Exning ward covers the notorious road, said: “This is a terrible tragedy and especially at Christmas time.

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“We are acutely aware of the state of the road. The A142 is a dangerous road and we are in constant touch with Highways Agency regarding the junction with the A14 - which is a junction from hell.

“This is the third fatal accident in the last four years and the county council now has to do something.”

Work on a long awaited £12.5million bypass at the Cambridgeshire side of Fordham is expected to begin in May, but will not include the stretch of the road where Tuesday's fatal accident took place.

Former parish council chairman, John Taylor, a long-term advocate for road improvements, felt that was an oversight.

He added: “Everyone in the village is very upset about the latest accident. It is highly dangerous, but this section of the road is not included in the bypass plans.

“There is about a quarter of mile of road where there have been several fatal or near-fatal roads. It needs to be straightened as there are so many bends in the road - it has to be reviewed and the sooner, the better.”

The driver killed in the accident has not yet been named by Suffolk police, but comes from the Ely area.

The driver of the lorry, believed to be from Cambridgeshire, was treated at the scene by paramedics and then taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, where he was later discharged with minor injuries.

Meanwhile, two men died yesterday when their car left the road and plunged into a water-filled ditch.

The men - who have not been named, but who are thought to be aged in their 20s and 50s - died following the accident in Littleport, Cambridgeshire, shortly after 11am.

Two weeks ago two 15-year-old boys and a 19-year-old woman also died when the car they were travelling in left a road and plunged into a river in Littleport.

Anyone with information about the A142 fatal accident should contact Suffolk police on 01284 774100.

dave.gooderham@eadt.co.uk

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