USAF airman dies in Suffolk crash

A USAF airman has become the third American to die on Suffolk's roads this year after a horrific crash involving a coach and a car.The serviceman, who was last night still to be identified by police, was stationed at RAF Mildenhall and staff at the base said the latest tragedy had left the military community there deeply saddened and shocked.

A USAF airman has become the third American to die on Suffolk's roads this year after a horrific crash involving a coach and a car.

The serviceman, who was last night still to be identified by police, was stationed at RAF Mildenhall and staff at the base said the latest tragedy had left the military community there deeply saddened and shocked.

Friday night's fatal crash on a country road just outside Great Barton, near Bury St Edmunds, which left the car driver seriously injured in hospital, came only weeks after an American married to a servicewoman at RAF Mildenhall died following a road accident in thick fog.

Andrew Waxler, 27, died in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, a few hours after the accident near on the A1101 road close to Burnt Fen, near Mildenhall.


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And in early march Gerald Nicholls, 32, a serviceman at Mildenhall, died after a head-on crash left his car hanging over the edge of a ditch close to Sedge Fen on the same stretch of road.

Second Lieutenant Glory Smith, spokeswoman for RAF Mildenhall, said she was unable to reveal the latest crash victim's age or say whether he was married or single or give details of his career in the forces.

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She said the next of kin were still to be informed of the serviceman's death and more details would be released when they had been told. She confirmed he was stationed at RAF Mildenhall and said the base had been deeply saddened by what had happened.

Second Lt Smith said: "This is very sad news for the base. It seems so strange to us considering not many of our people have perished in the war but they're dying here on the roads. It's really a very sad thing."

The serviceman was a passenger in a Citroen BX car when the head-on crash with the Mulley's coach happened at 5.20pm on Friday on the B1106 road close to the A143.

The male driver was taken by ambulance to West Suffolk Hospital in Bury. He suffered "serious, but not life-threatening" injuries, said police.

Fire crews called to the scene had to cut the dead serviceman from the wreckage of the car, which was towing a trailer at the time of the collision.

The driver of the bus, who had an empty bus and was returning to the firm's depot in Ixworth at the time, escaped unhurt and called emergency services on his mobile phone.

nPolice are also appealing for witnesses to a suspected hit and run accident in which a motorcyclist as hurt.

The man was riding along Fordham Road, Newmarket at 5pm on Saturday, hen a blue 4x4 pulled out in front of him causing him to fall off his machine. He suffered slight injuries.

Also on Saturday at around 1.25pm a driver was cut free by firefighters after an accident on the B1106 at Culford. He was taken to West Suffolk Hospital by ambulance. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening. No-one else was involved in the accident.

Any witnesss to the accidents should call 01284 774100.

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