Tragedy after banger racing night

A MAN is in a critical condition in hospital after falling from a moving trailer in a freak accident.The victim is believed to have just left the fireworks and banger racing extravaganza at Foxhall Stadium in Ipswich on Saturday night when the accident happened further along Foxhall Road.

By Danielle Nuttall

A MAN is in a critical condition in hospital after falling from a moving trailer in a freak accident.

The victim is believed to have just left the fireworks and banger racing extravaganza at Foxhall Stadium in Ipswich on Saturday night when the accident happened further along Foxhall Road.

The 35-year-old is thought to have fallen off a trailer containing a car which was being towed by another vehicle.


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He suffered suspected serious head injuries and is presently in a critical condition in Ipswich Hospital.

Police said it is likely he will be transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge at some stage.

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The accident happened shortly after 10.30pm and occurred just past the Nuffield Hospital, outside a row of houses.

Nick Thomas, manager of Foxhall Road Stadium, said he believed the man injured in the accident had been a spectator at the banger racing event and not a racing driver, and was on his way home.

He said staff were directing cars out of the venue when word had filtered back that there had been an accident further up the road.

They then diverted traffic in the opposite direction of the accident while police closed the road.

“It was a shame the evening ended like that. Our thoughts are with him and his family and we hope he will make a full recovery,” he said last night.

“It was a really unfortunate incident at the end of what was a good night's racing.”

A spokeswoman for the East Anglian Ambulance Service said it had sent an officer and a crew to the incident after receiving a report of a man falling from moving trailer.

He was then taken by ambulance to Ipswich Hospital.

Police said there should be a number of significant witnesses to the accident and are appealing for them to contact Suffolk Constabulary on 01473 613500.

nIn a separate incident, a woman believed to be aged 80 died after her car collided with the central reservation on the A12 at Copdock.

The incident happened at 5.40pm on Saturday and the person who reported the crash to the emergency services said the woman had collapsed on the wheel of the car before the crash.

A spokeswoman for the East Anglian Ambulance Service confirmed the woman was conveyed to the mortuary.

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