Three die on region's roads

By James Mortlock and Rebecca SheppardTHREE people have been killed in motoring accidents in a bleak weekend on the region's roads.A cyclist died after he was involved in a collision with three cars on the A134, near Nayland, at about 11.

By James Mortlock and Rebecca Sheppard

THREE people have been killed in motoring accidents in a bleak weekend on the region's roads.

A cyclist died after he was involved in a collision with three cars on the A134, near Nayland, at about 11.50am on Saturday.

A passing doctor was the first on the scene and tried to treat the cyclist, but the man - who has not been named - later died in hospital.

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The Essex Ambulance service sent an ambulance and rapid response vehicle to the scene and a spokesman said: "When they arrived, they found a doctor who had been passing administering aid.

"The man was rushed to Colchester General Hospital, but was pronounced dead shortly after arrival there."

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A teenager also died yesterday after suffering head injuries when the car in which he was a passenger went out of control on the A14 near Bury St Edmunds, careered up an embankment and overturned.

Fire crews and paramedics worked desperately to free the boy and the adult male driver - who are from the Bury St Edmunds area - from the wreckage of their Ford Sierra car following the accident, which happened just after 4.30pm on Saturday close to the town's sugar beet factory.

They were both taken to the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, but the teenager was later transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, where he died yesterday.

Inspector Chris Wolton, of Suffolk police, said the accident had blocked the A14 for several hours and diversions had been set up but drivers faced some delays.

He said the cause of the accident was unknown and added: "The Sierra went up the embankment at the side of the road and overturned. The two occupants, an adult male and a teenage boy, were both reported trapped."

Insp Wolton said the man had suffered head injuries and a broken leg, and his condition was described yesterday as serious.

An investigation has also been launched after a motorist was killed while being followed by a police patrol car.

Robert Warner, 20, from Sandon, near Chelmsford, died instantly when his black Volkswagen Golf left the road, overturned and careered into trees in Great Totham, near Maldon, at about 1am on Saturday.

The fatal crash happened shortly after a police car travelling in the opposite direction had spotted his vehicle and turned round to follow it to carry out a routine check.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "An investigation has been launched to look into the circumstances around the incident. The thoughts of the officers involved are with Mr Warner's family at this difficult time."

In other accidents in the region, a motorcyclist was taken to Ipswich Hospital by ambulance following a crash on the A14 at the Trimley villages at about 5.30pm on Saturday. Suffolk police refused to reveal any further details of the incident.

Another motorcyclist was also taken to Ipswich Hospital following an accident on the Tesco roundabout in Martlesham Heath about 6.27am on Saturday. A spokesman for Suffolk police said the 50-year-old man had suffered minor injuries.

n Anyone with information about the A14 accident should contact Pc Simon Clifton, of Suffolk police, on 01473 613500.

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