Two people die in collision on A140 in Yaxley

Police closed Felixstowe Road, Ipswich.

Police closed Felixstowe Road, Ipswich. - Credit: Tom Potter

Two people have died in a collision between a car and a lorry on the A140 in Yaxley, near Eye, tonight.

Suffolk police were called to the crash at 8.22pm.

A spokesman for the force said two people, who were in the car, were confirmed dead at the scene.

The driver of the HGV was treated by ambulance crews for shock.

The road is currently closed A140/A143 roundabout with diversions in place while investigations by emergency services take place.

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The deaths last night were the fifth on the county’s roads in four days after tragedies at Frostenden and Snape on Thursday.

Firefighters were the first on scene at Frostenden, following reports of a vehicle on fire in Primrose Lane at 1.14am on Thursday morning.

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They had the blaze under control within half-an-hour but were unable to save the victims, who were both pronounced dead at the scene.

A 46-year-old man from the local area was killed when the van he was driving crashed into The Crown Inn, in Bridge Street, Snape. He is yet to be officially named.

Tonight, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore, who is also a Mid Suffolk District Councillor, said: “I was extremely saddened once again to hear of further fatalities on our roads this evening.

“It’s devastating for all concerned and of course my thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies go out to the relatives and friends of the bereaved.

“I don’t know the specific details of this accident but I can only implore every road user to take extra care while driving, especially at this time of the year.”

More than 30 people have died on Suffolk’s roads in 2015, exceeding the number of those involved in fatal collisions last year.

In June after a woman died in a crash in Great Barton, near Bury St Edmunds, Mr Passmore said: “This clearly demonstrates that we do need to take the level of fatal collisions on Suffolk’s roads very seriously.

“We need to look at the evidence and see what we can do collectively to reduce these terrible situations.

“Dealing with this has now got to be a really top priority.

“We have to treat it with the utmost urgency to see what we can do to turn this situation around.”

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