Tributes paid to victims of A1307 crash

A1307 crash scene ANL-140813-092951001
A1307 crash scene ANL-140813-092951001

Tributes have been paid to a Haverhill couple who were killed in a road accident on Saturday (August 9).

Peter Saunders, 55, and Melanie Saunders, 52, both of Cleves Road, Haverhill, died when their red Mercedes C63 left the A1307 at about 6.50pm.

The car hit a tree on the roadside, close to the junction with Dean Road, before bursting into flames.

Mr Saunders, who was the managing director of Basildon based lighting manufacturers, Reflektorlux, and his wife, who was the company’s finance director, had been on their way to Haverhill when the accident happened.

Ryan Stubbings, 23, from Haverhill, called 999 after witnessing the incident.

“The Mercedes came past us and lost control,” he said. “It was in the right hand lane.

“It slid quite a long way and then it hit the curb and went into the trees. Before we knew it, it was on fire.

“I called 999. The police and the fire service and the flying ambulance came. They were all really quick to arrive. They were great. It took them about 15 minutes.

“There’s not much traffic on Saturday evenings, so they were able to get straight through.

“The road is terrible. I see it every morning. It goes from dual carriage way to single lane to dual carriageway to single again.

“Everyone tries to nip in front where they can. It’s dangerous.”

Another witness, Nicola Batterbee, 36, from Haverhill said: “The weather was fine and dry, a little windy.

“There was a bloke waving cars away. A car had stopped opposite and a woman was crossing the road.

“I wanted to go to help but saw there were already people doing it and it’s better to leave the area clear for emergency vehicles.

“We turned left and went through the village into Horseheath.”

David Trueblood, a director of Reflektorlux, said: “I have known Peter and Melanie for over 12 years, firstly as suppliers to my company, then as friends.

“Lately, I have been working alongside Peter in the Company Reflektorlux that Peter formed in 2011.

“Peter and Melanie were a fantastic couple, a definite match for each other. They were kind considerate and nothing was too much trouble when called upon for help or advice.

“I myself and the team here at Reflektorlux will miss them terribly, but we will work hard to keep growing Reflektorlux as Peter and Melanie would have wanted.

“It was a pleasure to have known such fantastic people and our thoughts are with Sam and Leo and all the family and friends that this will have affected.”

There has also been vocal support for the family on the social media site, Facebook, and a minute’s silence was observed on Tuesday (August 12) at a football match between Cherry Hinton FC and West Wratting FC, the couple’s son, Sam plays for the latter.

Sam took to Facebook to thank people for their support and messages of condolence.

This is the latest fatal accident on what has become a notorious stretch of road.

Matthew Hancock MP said: “My thoughts are with the families of the two killed on the A1307 at Bartlow.

“These two tragic deaths are yet more evidence of how dangerous the A1307 is and that it must be our absolute priority to get the road dualled as soon as possible to help prevent any further tragic accidents.”

PC Simon Burgin, investigating, said: “I would appeal to anyone who saw the crash, or the vehicle prior to it, to call police.”

Anyone with any information should call the Roads Policing Unit on 101.