Man fighting for his life and teenager left with life-changing injuries after crash on A1120 in Earl Stonham
A 48-year-old man is fighting for his life and a 19-year-old woman has suffered life-changing injuries following a head-on crash on a Suffolk road yesterday afternoon.
Emergency services were called to the A1120 shortly before 4.50pm on Easter Sunday to reports of a two-car collision in Earl Stonham, near Stowmarket.
Two motorists were flown by two separate air ambulances to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge.
The male driver remains in a critical condition.
A Suffolk police spokesman said the crash involved a white Fiat 500 and a blue Vauxhall Zafira.
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Four fire crews from Suffolk Fire and Rescue were called to the scene – one each from Ipswich Princes Street, Debenham, Stowmarket and Elmswell – alongside paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service.
The road was closed for almost seven hours while an initial investigation was carried out. It reopened just after 11.45pm.
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The collision, which happened between the eastern edge of the village and St Mary’s church, is thought to have involved a car travelling towards the A140 junction and another heading in the opposite direction.
They collided about a mile from the home of Earl Stonham Parish Council chairman Colin Woods.
Mr Woods said he had visited the scene, where only a pool of motor oil and a temporary safety sign remained after the vehicles were recovered.
“It happened about 15 yards from a lay-by on the right if travelling from the A140 junction,” said Mr Woods, who confirmed the single carriageway stretch of road had a national speed limit of 60mph.
“There is a slight bend in the road, but it’s difficult to say how the accident could have happened.
“We have no idea if it involved anyone from the local area. We’re curious to know who was involved, so we can offer any kind of support needed.”
Prayers have already been said – and will continue to be said for the two people involved in the crash – at St Mary’s Church.
Reverend Barbara Gallagher, assistant priest, said: “It’s always a tragic situation when someone’s life may be altered as a result of an accident.
“Our thoughts, of course, go to those involved. We will continue to pray for them.”
Anyone who saw the crash is urged to contact police on 101, particularly if they may have recorded any dashcam footage.