Lucky escape after wrong way A14 terror

A NURSE has told of her terror after a car hurtled towards her while being driven the wrong way along the A14 near Stowmarket.

Colin Adwent

A NURSE has told of her terror after a car hurtled towards her while being driven the wrong way along the A14 near Stowmarket.

Julia Day was heading for Bury St Edmunds with her friend Sarah Cable when they saw the lights from the other vehicle flash past her Audi A4.

The 26-year-old, who lives in Ipswich, was travelling at around 70mph at the time and said the other car may have been going around the same speed.

She said: “It was really terrifying. If someone had been overtaking there would have been a head-on crash and they would have been wiped out.

“It was about 8.30pm to 8.40pm as I was on the way to work at West Suffolk Hospital.

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“We were just going past Stowmarket and I just saw a couple of people flashing their lights at me from the other carriageway.

“We were going round a bend and saw the car in the last couple of moments.

“I just saw the lights coming towards us. All I saw were the headlights as it was dark.

“We just sped past it and I just slammed my brakes on. I just thought 'oh my God, am I in the wrong lane?'

“I was really shaken up all the way to work.”

More than a dozen other drivers also contacted the police on Saturday evening after seeing the vehicle travelling towards Ipswich on the Bury St Edmunds-bound carriageway.

Although officers were sent out to search for the culprit, neither the car nor its' driver were not found.

Lisa Crane, a spokeswoman for Suffolk police, said: “We were called at 8.28pm to reports of a car going eastbound on the westbound carriageway near Haughley.

“We received 15 calls in total. The car was described as an M registration Vauxhall Cavalier or Ford Escort.

“Two units were dispatched to look for the vehicle, but were unable to find it.”

Anyone who can help police find the driver should telephone 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.