Teen driver seriously hurt in A143 crash

A TEENAGE driver has suffered serious injuries following a horrific crash with a lorry near Bury St Edmunds today.

AN 18-year-old suffered horrific injuries after the car he was driving collided with a lorry during the rush-hour.

Emergency service crews were called to the A143 near Great Barton, Bury St Edmunds, at about 8.20am yesterday.

When they arrived they found the twisted wreckage of a blue Ford Fiesta and the yellow heavy goods vehicle.

The road was sealed off while a rescue operation was launched to free the teenager from his vehicle. Firefighters from Bury and Ixworth used special cutting gear to peel back the roof of the car to free the young man.

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Paramedics took the 18-year-old, who is from the Eye area and had suffered lower leg injuries, to the West Suffolk Hospital at Bury St Edmunds.

A police spokeswoman said the injuries sustained by the teenager were “life-changing”, which she said meant serious injuries which involved either brain damage or bodily paralysis.

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His condition was last night described as “serious” and the police said he had suffered multiple broken bones in the accident.

The incident comes just days after a 17-year-old girl, from the Haverhill area, was seriously injured in a crash on the A1017 at Haverhill.

Her condition remains critical, but stable at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

Anybody with information about the Haverhill crash is asked to telephone the Bury St Edmunds roads policing unit on 01284 774100.

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