Safety review pledge after road death

AN URGENT review of safety will take place at a road junction where an elderly woman died in an accident. Suffolk County Council will investigate methods of upgrading the junction of the B1083 with the C340 at Sutton, near Woodbridge, following an accident on Thursday evening.

AN URGENT review of safety will take place at a road junction where an elderly woman died in an accident.

Suffolk County Council will investigate methods of upgrading the junction of the B1083 with the C340 at Sutton, near Woodbridge, following an accident on Thursday evening.

Margaret Emmens, 72, of Coronation Avenue, Hollesley, was the front seat passenger in a Ford Focus which was involved in a collision with a Mercedes Sprinter and a Ford Fiesta. She was taken to Ipswich Hospital with serious injuries and died a short time afterwards.

Two other people, the male driver of the Focus who sustained minor head injuries, and a woman who was a back seat passenger in the car and sustained cracked ribs, were also taken to hospital. Four other people received treatment at the scene.

The road was closed for about five hours after the accident happened at 6.10pm while a crash investigation took place.

The C340 from Hollesley meets the B1083 where motorists have a 60mph speed limit.

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A county council spokeswoman said: ''In view of this tragic accident our safety engineers are meeting with the police on site to look at what can be done to improve safety at this junction.''

Resident Paul Hodgson collected signatures from householders living between the junction and the roundabout at the bottom of the hill to ask the county council to bring in a 30mph speed limit.

Mr Hodgson said yesterday: ''When the petition went to the county council they said they did not think that the road required any action - well, we certainly think it does now. There have been countless accidents there.

''We will go back to the parish council and press them to ask the county council for a lower speed limit.''

Traffic on the B1083 has increased since the National Trust opened a new exhibition centre at Sutton Hoo. The entrance to Sutton Hoo is close to the junction where the woman died.

Traffic levels will rise next year when the Army moves in to new barracks at Woodbridge Airfield and there will be further pressure on the roads when a new tourist attraction celebrating the Suffolk Punch horse is opened at Hollesley.

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