Village in shock after fatal car crash

By Dave GooderhamA COMMUNITY is in shock today after a young motorist lose his fight for life following a car crash.Jamie Murray, 20, from Little Waldingfield, died at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday night from critical injuries.

By Dave Gooderham

A COMMUNITY is in shock today after a young motorist lose his fight for life following a car crash.

Jamie Murray, 20, from Little Waldingfield, died at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds on Saturday night from critical injuries.

He was taken to hospital after his blue Ford Escort car was involved in a collision with a red Chrysler Voyager on the B1115 between Sudbury and Great Waldingfield on Saturday.


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The driver of the Chrysler, a woman from the Sudbury area, and her two children in the car were left uninjured, but shaken by the incident.

The fatal accident has left the Waldingfield community in shock – although the road has not been described as an accident blackspot.

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Mike Murkin, parish council clerk in Great Waldingfield, said: "The parish council are aware of the problems on the B1115, it is certainly not the best section of road.

"There are two or three very sharp bends. Last year, Suffolk County Council imposed a 40mph speed limit on that road as a result of one or two fatal accidents.

"The accident is a tragedy for the whole of Waldingfield and our heart goes out to those families who have been affected."

Suffolk county councillor Selwyn Pryor, whose ward covers the accident site, added: "The road is a bit windy and has some quite sharp corners, but basically it is in good order and it is not terribly heavily used.

"I am also a member of the police authority, so I will look into the cause of the accident and see if

there are any improvements that could be made. It is an awful thing to happen and I am terribly sorry to those people involved."

In September 2001, an accident on the same stretch of road claimed the life of 18-year-old Ross

Morgans, from Great Cornard.

Mr Morgans suffered bruising to the brain and a fractured skull after the vehicle he was travelling in left the road.

Suffolk police have launched an investigation into the latest crash, which took place at about 11.30am on Saturday.

Pc Andrew Fossey, of Bury St Edmunds traffic police, said: "It would appear for some reason that the driver of the Ford Escort came round the bend and lost control of the vehicle.

"At the moment, we don't really know anything more than that. It is quite a busy road and we are hoping someone might have seen what happened."

A Suffolk Fire Service spokeswoman said crews had been sent to the accident and had freed Mr Morgans from his car before he was taken to hospital.

Anyone with information about the crash should contact Pc Fossey on 01473 613500.

dave.gooderham@eadt.co.uk

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