Ipswich: Driver, 21, arrested after two-car smash as traffic chaos grips town
A 21-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested today after the sportscar he was driving crashed with another car in Ipswich.
Officers arrested him on suspicion of drink driving after the two-car smash shortly after 8am.
Thousands of motorists were caught as travel chaos gripped Ipswich after the town-centre crash and a broken down lorry on the A14.
Gridlock ground the town’s roads to a standstill causing misery for those travelling to work.
St Matthew’s Street in Ipswich was closed for about an hour-and-a-half after the accident at the roundabout with Civic Drive.
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And on the A14 traffic was queuing back to the Whitehouse junction, near Asda after a broken down lorry in the Felixstowe bound carriageway near Nacton.
Police, firefighters and paramedics were sent to the scene of the smash in St Matthew’s Street, opposite the Tesco express store, following the collision at 8.10am.
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One eyewitness said he saw two young men staggering around with “blood all over their faces”.
He said a four-wheel drive and a sports car were “completely smashed” in the collision, opposite the Tesco express store.
One man had to be rescued from the wreckage of one of the cars by firefighters.
A spokeswoman for the East of England said paramedics took a man to Ipswich Hospital with a back injury and bleeding nose.
A spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary said the road had to be closed while the emergency services dealt with the incident.
The closure meant other drivers had to find alternative routes into and out of town, leading to long tailbacks and delays for many motorists.
On the A14 motorists were forced to sit in queues for miles after a BOCM lorry broke down in the eastbound carriageway, near Nacton, at about 6.15am.
A spokeswoman for Suffolk police said recovery arrived at the scene to clear the lorry from the carriageway at 9.15am.