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'Avoid using the A12' police warn

PUBLISHED: 17:15 16 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:02 05 July 2010

Mark Boggis

POLICE are warning motorists in north Suffolk to avoid using the A12 area after three separate road collisions this afternoon.

The A12 has been closed and traffic is being diverted after the three crashes, which have led to four people fleeing from a car before it burst into flames and two other people being taken to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston with neck and chest injuries.

POLICE are warning motorists in north Suffolk to avoid using the A12 area after three separate road collisions this afternoon.

The A12 has been closed and traffic is being diverted after the three crashes, which have led to four people fleeing from a car before it burst into flames and two other people being taken to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston with neck and chest injuries.

The drama began at around 2.30pm, with the emergency services called after a heavy goods vehicle had lost its trailer coming out of the landfill site, and partially overturned spreading shingle over the road at Henham.

Police, firefighters and the ambulance service then attended another crash, which happened about 1000 yards away in the northbound lane.

Suffolk police press officer Anne-Marie Breach told The Journal: “There was a three-vehicle collision involving two cars and a van.”

The Journal understands that a three-and-a-half ton Mercedes Sprinter white box van lost control and ended up smashing into a Ford Focus car being driven by a learner driver, which was coming northbound, before colliding into another car - a grey Rover 620.

“A young woman in the Focus car and an older male instructor have been taken to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston with neck and chest injuries, which are not thought to be too serious,” Ms Breach said.

The driver and passenger in the van were not taken to hospital, but they were treated at the scene for shock, as was the driver of the Rover car.

A spokesman for Suffolk Fire Service said they had cut two casualties from a vehicle using specialist cutting equipment.

After these two incidents, and around another 1000 yards away at the Wangford dual carriageway, a Renault Clio “lost control” according to witnesses and hit the central reservation.

“There were four people in this car - three young women and a young man - and all got out before the car caught fire,” Ms Breach said.

They have also been taken to the James Paget with “not too serious injuries,” which includes a broken ankle.

With the A12 likely to be closed for some time, motorists are being diverted off the stretch of road and around the crash site, which is just south of the dual carriageway at Wangford.

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