Four people killed in horror crash

By Danielle NuttallTHREE children and a woman were killed last night in one of the most horrific road accidents Suffolk has seen.The crash happened at 6.

By Danielle Nuttall

THREE children and a woman were killed last night in one of the most horrific road accidents Suffolk has seen.

The crash happened at 6.30pm yesterday on the notorious A1101 at Kenny Hill, near Mildenhall, and involved a Vauxhall Vectra and a Honda Accord car.

Police said a woman and three children - two boys and a girl - who were travelling in the Honda Accord had been pronounced dead at the scene.

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A man and a woman who had been travelling in the Vauxhall Vectra were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Neither the ages and identities of the woman or children who died in the accident nor whether they were related is yet known. Formal identification was still being carried out last night.

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Police closed the road and set up diversions to allow fire crews and paramedics to get to the scene.

It is believed the accident brings the death toll on Suffolk's roads to 75 this year.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said last night: “Ourselves, the fire service and ambulance are currently at the scene of a fatal road traffic collision which took place at around 6.30pm on A1101 at Kenny Hill, near Mildenhall.

“We have confirmation that two vehicles, a Vauxhall Vectra and Honda Accord, were involved and four people have been confirmed dead at the scene.

“The deceased is a woman and three children, two boys and a girl, who were the only people within the Honda Accord.

“The Vauxhall Vectra contained a man and a woman and they have sustained minor injuries. They are being treated by ambulance crews at the scene.”

Four fire engines from Bury St Edmunds, Brandon, Newmarket and Mildenhall were called to the crash, along with three medics from the Suffolk Accident and Rescue Service.

A spokesman for the East Anglian Ambulance Trust said four ambulances had been sent to the accident scene.

He added the two people who had suffered minor injuries had been taken to the hospital at RAF Lakenheath for treatment.

The road where the accident happened is flanked in many places by deep drainage ditches and has claimed dozens of lives in the past few decades.

Earlier this year, American Andrew Waxler died following a crash on the A1101 near Burnt Fen.

Despite attempts by doctors and paramedics to save the 27-year-old, who was married to a servicewoman at RAF Mildenhall, he died in Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, a few hours after the accident.

Two weeks prior to the accident, Gerald Nicholls, 32, a serviceman at RAF Mildenhall, died after a head-on crash left his car hanging over the edge of a ditch close to Sedge Fen.

Councillors living near the area where last night's accident happened spoke of their sadness and shock - and demanded an urgent safety review should be carried out along the road.

Forest Heath district councillor, Robert Newman, said: “I am awfully sorry. It's just too awful to think about.

“There have been fatal accidents along that road for as long as I can remember. It's an awful road and I really don't know what the real solution is to the problem.

“I would like the police and Highways Agency to look at every accident along that road and see whether we can do something.

“The smallest error of judgment and you can hit a tree. People who live locally have been killed there.”

Malcolm Smith, chairman of Mildenhall Parish Council, added: “It's very sad when something like this happens, especially with children.

“It's a terrible thing to happen, but it will happen again. It's a dangerous road.I am 53 and the road has been like that since I can remember.”

n Police appealed for any witnesses to the accident to contact Pc Bryan Calver on 01284 774152.

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