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Scores of accidents as weather causes havoc

PUBLISHED: 09:47 12 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:16 06 July 2010

THE wintry weather caused havoc on roads, streets and pavements around north Suffolk this week as an icy blast caused scores of accidents.

Suffolk police received reports of more than 100 snow-related incidents on Wednesday.

THE wintry weather caused havoc on roads, streets and pavements around north Suffolk this week as an icy blast caused scores of accidents.

Suffolk police received reports of more than 100 snow-related incidents on Wednesday. Emergency services were inundated with calls as the icy roads led to a large number of bumps and shunts across the county.

Rush-hour traffic was caught up in major delays on the A12 between Corton and Hopton on Wednesday teatime following a collision.

The crash at Hopton caused miles of tailbacks, with firefighters from Great Yarmouth called to the scene. A spokesman for Norfolk police said they received reports of a four-car accident on the southbound carriageway of the A12 at Hopton just after 5.30pm which blocked one lane.

Officers turned back traffic from the roundabout at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston so they could deal with the crash, which resulted in one person being taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Two crews from Yarmouth attended the collision at about 5.40pm and they “made the scene safe,” according to a spokesman for Norfolk Fire Service.

The collision led to southbound traffic between the James Paget and Hopton being closed to motorists, with northbound traffic flowing freely. Diversions were put in place with traffic travelling through the back roads and villages, before the road was reopened later in the evening.

Earlier in the day, there was early-morning chaos in Carlton Colville, with traffic delayed by up to an hour following a collision on the Beccles Road and Hollow Grove Way junction.

And frustrated bus passengers hit out after being stranded in Norwich because a service was cancelled following an accident in the bad weather.

More than a dozen passengers were left waiting at Norwich Bus Station for First's X2 service to Lowestoft which also takes in Loddon and Chedgrave. The service should have picked passengers up from Norwich just after 6pm but, following an accident on the A12, the service was cancelled.

Lynda Waldron, 56, from Beccles, was one of the passengers stuck at the bus station.

She said on Wednesday: “I called them this afternoon to be told that there would be buses running tonight but there would be delays because of the weather conditions.”

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