Accident on the A143 in Stradishall

Accident on the A143 at Stradishall ANL-140520-102049001
Accident on the A143 at Stradishall ANL-140520-102049001

Four people were treated at the scene following an accident on the A143 at Stradishall yesterday afternoon (19).

Two ambulances and one paramedic attended just after 3pm. One casualty had an arm injury, one a leg injury and a woman had abdominal pain.

One Serco prison van servicing HMP Highpoint and two cars were involved in the incident.

The road was closed for an hour,

Witness and local resident Tony Gearing, who has campaigned for a speed limit along the road between Haverhill and Bury St Edmunds, said: “This is the third serious accident in six weeks that I know of. It is only a matter of time before someone is killed.

“At the moment you can drive through our village at the national speed limit, 60 mph, whereas other villages on the A143 like Wickhamstreet have 40 mph speed limits and still others, like Chedburugh and Little Wratting, have 30 mph restrictions.

“Because there is no limit at all on the Stradishall stretch of the A143 motorists switch off as if they were still on the old dual carriageway, and yet they pass by at least three road junctions, two business entrances and four house drives in a few hundred yards.

“Please impose a speed limit to make drivers think before someone dies.”

Mr Gearing took this photo on his phone. “A nurse had stopped and was helping the woman and checking all the other motorists involved were OK.

“I avoided taking a photo of the woman as she was obviously in a great deal of pain and distress.”