Calls for better safety on A134 after two serious crashes in a week

Two elderly people were been airlifted to hospital with life threatening injuries after a two vehicle collision on the A134 in Sudbury.  ANL-160726-221444009
Two elderly people were been airlifted to hospital with life threatening injuries after a two vehicle collision on the A134 in Sudbury. ANL-160726-221444009

There have been calls for further safety measures after two crashes on the A134 in less than a week, with one leaving two people in life-threatening conditions.

Police have appealed for witnesses after two elderly people were airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge with ‘life threatening injuries’ on Tuesday afternoon after a two vehicle collision on the A134 near the KFC roundabout in Sudbury.

A car flipped over after a collision with a lorry on the A134/Valley Road junction. Photo by Steve Sutherland ANL-160727-152929001

A car flipped over after a collision with a lorry on the A134/Valley Road junction. Photo by Steve Sutherland ANL-160727-152929001

This came after a woman’s car flipped over as a result of a collision with a lorry near Newton Green on Thursday.

Following the Sudbury crash the road was closed from the KFC roundabout to Valley Road, causing long queues .

A white Mercedes Sprinter van came off the road, stopping in nearby bushes, while two people were trapped inside the other car involved, a Skoda Fabia.

Once freed, the man in his 80s and the woman in her 70s were airlifted to Addenbrooke’s hospital.

Both remain in hospital and are now said to be in a stable condition.

The driver of the van, in his 50s, sustained bruising.

Police have spoken to several witnesses but are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the vehicles prior to the collision or the crash itself. It is known the Mercedes van was travelling between Haverhill and Sudbury at the time

Anyone with information about the crash in Sudbury that may help is asked to call Suffolk Police on 101, quoting CAD 208, Tuesday, July 26.

The crash came just five days after another incident on the A134, that time near Newton Green at the Valley Road junction.

A woman was left upside down in her car after a collision with a lorry.

Although she did not suffer serious injuries, the incident has highlighted the dangers on the road at the junction, with calls for extra safety measures.

Again the incident caused long tailbacks on one of the district’s main roads.

Following the collisions Ian George, who regularly uses the A134 as he commutes from his home in Bures Road, Great Cornard, to his business in Lavenham, has called on more to be done to make the A134 safer.

In particular he feels the A134 junction with the Valley Road, near Newton Green, is perilous and could cost someone their life.

Mr George acknowledged that Suffolk County Council Highways had put a red strip down Valley Road to try to prevent the duelling of the junction, with cars turning both left and right.

But he said this was regularly ignored, resulting in both cars at the front of the queue to join the A134 struggling to get a clear view, causing regular outbursts of road rage.

He also said drivers on the A134 were travelling too fast around the area which has bends in the road before the junction.

This means those pulling out don’t get a clear view of approaching vehicles.

“People are taking their lives in their hands on that road,” said the 56-year-old who owns Curiosity Corner in Lavenham.

“They are not appreciating the dangers on the junction and slowing down.

“It’s an accident waiting to happen. Already there have been deaths and injuries.

“The council has put slow down and speed signs but it’s not working.

“If you pull out they are coming so quick that you can’t see them.

“It’s a really dangerous junction and somebody is going to be killed. Something needs to be done.

“Everyday I see someone pull out and think ‘ooh, that was close’.”

Suffolk County Council said it was aware of the accidents and has announced it is to reduce the speed limit on the A134 by the junction.

A spokesman for the council said: “We are planning to reduce the speed limit on the A134 at this point to 40mph later this year.”

The spokesman added that between 2005 and 2015 there were six collisions involving slight injury at the junction.

However, because of the relative lack of serious collision there would not be any engineering works to prevent cars forming two lanes along the Valley Road at the junction.

The spokesman added: “There are sites around the county that unfortunately have poorer safety records and it is at those where we will target safety engineer budget.”