Coach crash driver arrested

A Lowestoft coach driver has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving following a crash on the A12 at Benacre, near Southwold this morning.

A Lowestoft coach driver has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving following a crash on the A12 at Benacre, near Southwold this morning.

Emergency services were called at 7.50am to a coach that had crashed into a ditch. No other vehicles were involved.

The 35-year-old driver, who had been the only person on the coach at the time of the crash, was taken by ambulance to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston where he was treated for minor injuries.

He was later released from hospital and arrested by Suffolk Police on suspicion of drink driving. He is currently being questioned at Lowestoft Police Station.

The A12 was closed for more than three hours while accident investigators examined the scene, and was re-opened at 11.30am.

The crash is the third serious collision on a small stretch of the A12 in the last six months.

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On Saturday Lowestoft teenagers Claire and Jennifer Stoddart, 18 and 15, their friend Carla Took, 18 and Simon Bonner, 40, from Yoxford, were all killed after a Renault Laguna and a Vauxhall Astra collided on the A12 at Blythburgh.

And in February 28-year-old Matthew Castleton of London Road South, Lowestoft, was killed in a head-on collision on the same road close to the Thorington turn-off, south of Blythburgh.