Road accidents as weather turns colder

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EMERGENCY services attended three accidents yesterday after temperatures plummeted and snow fell across Suffolk causing icy road conditions.

One woman was trapped in her car following an accident involving two cars on the A140 at Brockford at 4.30pm yesterday. Fire engines from Needham Market, Stowmarket, Ipswich and Norfolk attended the incident to find both cars upright, one off of the carriageway partially and one completely off the road.

Hydraulic cutting equipment was used by firemen to cut the woman free from the car because she was complaining of back pains.

She was taken to Ipswich hospital, along with one other casualty.

One car was a grey VW Polo and the other was a Peugeot 106.

One lane of the A140 was blocked at different times after the accident whilst emergency services dealt with the scene, but the road was cleared by 6.45pm when both cars were recovered.

Another woman was taken to Ipswich hospital following a separate accident in Guncotton Way, Stowmarket yesterday, just before 5.30pm.

A woman, who was travelling in the silver Peugeot 106 with young children, was taken to Ipswich hospital complaining of neck pain.

The road was partially blocked but was cleared by 6.05pm.

Shortly before 8pm emergency services were called to another incident, on the A140 at Creeting St Mary where a car had left the road and ended up in a ditch.

A 22-year-old man was found conscious and breathing and was not taken to hospital.

The black Vauxhall Corsa was well off the road and the road was not blocked.

Police were delayed getting to the accident due to the icy conditions of the road, but have not directly linked any of the incidents to the weather.

Suffolk Police are reminding drivers to drive to the conditions on roads across the county. They have advised drivers to reduce their speed, keep headlights on and ensure windows and windscreen are clear of any snow or ice before driving.