High demand for emergency services in Waveney after spate of weekend crashes

Suffolk Constabulary. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Suffolk Constabulary. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

It was a busy Bank Holiday weekend for the emergency services across Waveney as they dealt with a spate of crashes in the area.

? A teenager was airlifted to hospital with a head injury after a crash on the A12 near Wangford.

Emergency services were called just after 5pm on Saturday, May 30 after a Peugeot 107, Ford Kuga and a Honda Jazz collided.

Three fire crews from Southwold, Halesworth and Lowestoft South were called to the scene, along with two ambulance crews, two rapid response vehicles and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Firefighters then managed to cut free the woman, believed to be a front-seat passenger in one of the vehicles.


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Her injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

A spokesman for the ambulance service added: 'A young woman was trapped and was treated for a head injury before being airlifted to the James Paget University Hospital for further treatment.

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'A man with minor injuries was also taken to the James Paget University Hospital. Two patients, described as walking wounded, were not taken to hospital.'

The road had fully reopened by 8pm.

? An elderly man was cut free from his vehicle after crashing into a tree in Carlton Colville.

Emergency services were called to Chapel Road at about 12.45pm on Saturday, May 30 after a Vauxhall Meriva crashed.

Three fire crews from Lowestoft South arrived at the scene to find the man trapped in his vehicle.

After providing first aid until the ambulance service arrived, firefighters were then able to free the man from his car.

A spokesman for the ambulance service added: 'An ambulance crew attended and treated an elderly man who had chest pain.

'He was taken to James Paget University Hospital for further treatment.'

? A woman had to be cut free from her vehicle after a crash close to the Morrisons roundabout in Beccles.

Emergency services were called just after 11am on Sunday, May 1 after an Audi A3, VW Polo and Ford Mondeo crashed on the A146 road.

Three fire crews were sent to the scene – two from Lowestoft South and one from Beccles.

Firefighters cut free the woman, believed to be in her 40s, from one of the vehicles.

An ambulance spokesman added: 'A rapid response vehicle and ambulance crew attended to a woman with neck pain who was taken to James Paget University Hospital for further treatment.'

It is understood that traffic had to be diverted through Worlingham, with the road reopening shortly after 1.30pm.

? Two vehicles crashed on Castleton Avenue in Carlton Colville last Saturday evening.

Police were called at about 9.30pm to the collision – between a Ford Focus and a Mazda 2.

A police spokesman confirmed there 'were no serious injuries' in the accident – which caused an obstruction heading towards the town centre – for a few hours.

? A car flipped over and landed on the central reservation on the A12 at Corton.

Police were called at about 9.30pm on Sunday evening (May 1) to reports that a BMW car has turned over – heading northbound.

The two people in the vehicle were taken to the James Paget University Hospital for further checks – according to a police spokesman.

? The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) received just over 9,000 emergency calls during the three day May Day bank holiday – 8pc more than last year.

Sandy Brown, EEAST deputy chief executive, said: 'We continue to experience high levels of demand and the bank holiday weekend was another busy one for the Trust. 'However, we were prepared and coped well, despite the demands being placed on the service.

'This is testament to the hard work and commitment of all our staff and volunteers across the East of England.'

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