Woman killed in A140 horror

A YOUNG woman has been killed after another horrific road crash on the notorious A140 in Suffolk – the 80th person to die on the road in the last 21 years.

A YOUNG woman has been killed after another horrific road crash on the notorious A140 in Suffolk – the 80th person to die on the road in the last 21 years.

Alisa Biddlecombe was killed on Saturday at Thornham Magna, near Eye, when her Vauxhall Nova was in collision with a Mitsubishi Spacewagon shortly after midday.

The 22-year-old, believed to be a University of East Anglia student, was released from the wreckage of her car by firefighters and flown to Ipswich Hospital by the Search and Rescue helicopter from Wattisham.

Ms Biddlecombe, who lived in Norwich, later died from her injuries.


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The Spacewagon was carrying seven people, who all suffered minor injuries, some requiring hospital treatment.

The tragic accident will re-ignite anger about the road's shocking safety record, which has now seen 80 people killed in just over two decades.

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Suffolk county councillor Charles Michell, whose constituency includes Thornham Magna, said he was "appalled" to hear of Saturday's accident.

He added: "In a perfect world we would remove the road altogether and build a new one but that simply can't be done."

Speaking in general terms, he said he thought lower speed limits would make the road safer.

"I think perhaps the only way that one can prevent accidents happening is to impose a very slow speed limit, perhaps 40mph, on the stretch between Yaxley and Stoke Ash."

Earlier this year school lollipop lady Sheila Banham, who manned a crossing on the A140 at Stoke Ash, quit her job because of her fears about the notorious road.

At the time, she said she had resigned because she did not want to see anyone else killed.

A campaign was also launched by worried locals in a bid to get the road made safer, which saw 15,000 people sign a petition calling for major improvements.

It resulted in £800,000 being set aside by Suffolk County Council for improvements over the next ten years – but campaigners slammed the figure as "paltry".

An accident investigation has been launched to pinpoint the cause of Saturday's crash and police are urging people who witnessed the smash to get in touch.

Anyone who saw the accident should call Pc Phil Barrett, of the Suffolk Police Traffic Unit, on 01473 613500.

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