Man taken to hospital after Kessingland collision

DESPITE the heavy snowfall overnight there have been no major disruptions on Suffolk's roads this morning - with only a single-vehicle collision in Kessingland causing delays.

The county woke to more of the white stuff carpeting roads and roof tops but a Suffolk police spokesman said so far it has caused no significant problems on major routes.

He warned many roads across Suffolk are very slushy and urged motorists to take care in the adverse conditions.

On the north Suffolk roads, the A12 Kessingland bypass southbound was blocked earlier this morning after a blue Chrysler grand voyager hit the central reservation.

'Police were called to reports of a vehicle blocking the fast lane on the southbound Kessingland bypass at 7.24am this morning,' a police spokesman said. Police, the Highways department and ambulance service were all called out. 'The male driver complained of a knock to his knee, shock and a stiff neck and was taken to the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston with minor injuries,' the police spokesman said.

'The Highways team dealt with the damaged central reservation and also petrol and anti-freeze on the road.'

The scene was cleared in just over an hour, with both carriageways open by 8.35am.

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The freezing weather caused problems on the A12 earlier this morning after a lane was closed in the northbound carriageway from Ardleigh in Colchester to the Copdock interchange in Ipswich because of ice and snow on the road.

The road was reopened shortly after 7am.

On the railways services between Ipswich and London Liverpool Street and Colchester and Harwich Town are facing delays of up to 45 minutes due to an earlier problem at a level crossing at Manningtree and signalling problems in Colchester.

Meanwhile forecasters at Weather Quest have predicted the cold snap is here to stay with the worst yet to come.

Today will stay cloudy with more heavy snow showers with temperatures struggling to break through the freezing mark.

Overnight the mercury will drop to around -4C with heavy blasts of snow.