Widow is second victim of A12 tragedy

A PENSIONER has died following a road traffic collision in Suffolk.

A DEVASTATED family is facing a double tragedy today after an elderly woman has died just days after a crash which also killed her husband.

Just two weeks before Christmas the family of Pauline and Frederick Hadden are having to come to terms with their deaths following the crash on the A12 on Sunday.

The pensioners had just left Seckford Hall Hotel near Woodbridge where they had been for lunch and were crossing the Woodbridge bound carriageway when they were in collision with a Mitsubishi Shogun.

Today at their home in Crofton Road, Ipswich, their son said the family were too upset to talk about the tragedy.


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Pauline Hadden who was 87 was seriously hurt in the horror crash and was taken to Ipswich Hospital with suspected internal injuries where she died on Wednesday evening.

Mrs Hadden's husband, Frederick, had been driving the couple's Ford Fiesta when it collided with the Shogun at about 2.30pm at the junction with the road to Great Bealings.

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Mr Hadden, also 87, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Nobody in the Shogun was hurt.

The accident caused major problems for traffic using the A12 - especially for vehicles heading north which were diverted through Woodbridge.

Suffolk police officers are still keen to speak to anyone with information about the crash; particularly a motorcyclist who it is believed may have stopped at the scene, and the driver of silver car, which is thought to have been following the Shogun at the time of the crash.

Seckford Hall Hotel owner Michael Bunn has since urged Suffolk County Council to put up signs alerting drivers to the junction as they leave the roundabout at the end of the Martlesham by-pass.

Anyone who saw the collision should call Pc Gary Buss at the serious collision investigation team at police headquarters on 01473 613500.

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