Motorist killed in A12 smash

A MAN was killed and another suffered multiple injuries in an horrific two-car accident on the A12 near Saxmundham.A motorist, believed to be from the Ipswich area, was pronounced dead at the scene after his green Hyundai Lantra was in a collison with a silver Vauxhall Astra on the Saxmundham bypass just north of Kiln Lane at around 2.

By Sarah Chambers

A MAN was killed and another suffered multiple injuries in an horrific two-car accident on the A12 near Saxmundham.

A motorist, believed to be from the Ipswich area, was pronounced dead at the scene after his green Hyundai Lantra was in a collison with a silver Vauxhall Astra on the Saxmundham bypass just north of Kiln Lane at around 2.20pm yesterday.

The driver of the Astra, believed to be around 40 and from the Lowestoft area, was airlifted by air ambulance to Ipswich Hospital suffering from multiple injuries including abdominal and lower limb fractures. They were not thought to be life-threatening.


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Police said the Astra was heading south, while the Lantra was heading north when they collided head-on.

Police, fire and ambulance crews were all called to the scene, and the road was closed for several hours while the accident was cleared and the scene examined.

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Diversions were put in place for north and southbound traffic, which caused delays for drivers.

The stretch of road where the accident happened is single carriageway, and conditions were described by police as dry with good visibility.

Pc Phil Brown said: "For an unknown reason they have collided. It's a tragic event that nobody wants to happen."

Police have appealed for witnesses to the accident to contact PC 569 Ian Hicks of the Halesworth Traffic Unit on 01986 835350.

Meanwhile, an eight-year-old girl was in a serious condition in hospital last night after being struck by a car.

The girl was in collision with a VW Golf car at 3.45pm yesterday while walking in Ipswich Road, Stowmarket.

She was taken to Ipswich Hospital with serious head injuries but was last night transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridgeshire due to the severe nature of her injuries.

Police have issued an appeal for witnesses to the accident to contact Pc Wilson at Suffolk police's traffic unit at Martlesham on 01473 613500.

And in Essex, a 12-year-old girl was injured after a minibus containing Girl Guides from Ipswich crashed into a tree after veering off the A12.

The female driver of the minibus remained in hospital last night following the accident at Langham, near Colchester.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 3.09pm yesterday and firefighters cut the driver, a 42-year-old from Ipswich, free of the wreckage.

She was taken to Colchester General Hospital with a head injury and was kept in overnight for observation.

The 12-year-old girl, also from Ipswich, had a minor head injury and was taken to Ipswich Hospital for treatment.

Three other children in the minibus at the time of the accident were unhurt. All the youngsters were Girl Guides from the Ipswich area.

Anyone who witnesses the accident on the Ipswich-bound carriageway should contact Stanway Traffic Police on 01206 762512.

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