One critical after head-on crash

TWO men were taken to hospital, one with potentially life-threatening injuries, following a head-on crash on the A120 at Coggeshall yesterday morning.Emergency services were dispatched to the scene at around 6.

TWO men were taken to hospital, one with potentially life-threatening injuries, following a head-on crash on the A120 at Coggeshall yesterday morning.

Emergency services were dispatched to the scene at around 6.40am, and Essex ambulance service manager Richard Crow said: “We were told a car had collided head-on with a lorry, and the lorry had then gone into the side of another car.

“The car involved in the head-on collision had extensive damage, leaving the driver trapped. We worked carefully with fire crews to free him from the wreckage.

“The man suffered a serious head injury and a fracture to his right leg and had reduced consciousness. He was taken to Colchester General Hospital.

“The driver of the other car was a man in his 50s who had suffered a minor head injury.

“He was examined and treated on the scene and then taken to Colchester General.

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“The lorry driver and several passers-by were shaken by the incident and were checked over, but did not need to go to hospital.”

Police said last night that the vehicles involved in the initial collision were a red Ford Escort and a blue and white lorry.

The 30-year-old driver of the Escort, from Saxmundham, was still in a critical condition in hospital while the driver of the lorry - from Mansfield, in Nottinghamshire - was not injured.

A spokeswoman said: “Anyone who saw the moments leading up to the collision who has yet to speak with police is asked to contact officers at Bocking Road traffic Policing unit on 01376 330722.

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