Lucky escape after dramatic A14 crash

HADLEIGH: A driver today and his teenage son today told of their lucky escape after their car rolled over FIVE times and slipped down an embankment.

HADLEIGH: A driver today and his teenage son today told of their lucky escape after their car rolled over FIVE times and slipped down an embankment.

Carl Leach swerved his Landrover Discovery to avoid a learner driver who had stopped on a sliproad to the A14 at Copdock.

Miraculously, Mr Leach, 44, and 15-year-old son Kristoffer escaped with only minor bruises.

Now Mr Leach wants the driver to come forward after they failed to stop following the incident at around 7.25am last Tuesday which resulted in heavy delays.


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Mr Leach, of Woodthorpe Road, said: “If we hadn't been in a Landrover we wouldn't be here today.

“We were coming down on to the A14 going towards Felixstowe and as I came down the slip road I saw a lorry come past me on the inside lane of the A14.

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“I slowed down so it could pass and I could get in behind him. I looked over my right shoulder then back in front of me only to see a learner stopped on the sliproad.

“I swerved to avoid it but the car skidded, hit a kerb and rolled over five times, twice in the road and three times while going down the embankment.

“It all happened so quickly - I can't even recall the colour of the learner's car. But obviously my son and I were very shaken.”

Mr Leach's car landed on its wheels and he and his son were able to climb out before being checked over by ambulance crews.

Now Mr Leach wants the learner driver or any other witnesses to the incident to contact Suffolk police.

He added: “I want the learner driver to come forward so they can be made aware of the situation they could have caused.

“I don't want them prosecuted but they need to know what could have happened. They misjudged the situation and should have tried to join the line of traffic.

“You can put that down to inexperience but even so they should have stopped to see we were ok.”

Anyone with information on the incident can contact Pc John Wilson at Ipswich Police on 01473 613500.

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