Two motorists cut free after crash on A146 Beccles Road in Barnby

The emergency services were called to the scene.

The emergency services were called to the scene. - Credit: ©Archant Photographic 2010

The A146 Beccles Road in Barnby was closed for more than two hours last night (Saturday) after a crash involving three cars.

The collision happened around 6.30pm between a Jaguar X-Type, a Ford Mondeo estate and a Citroen Synergie.

Fire crews from Bungay, Beccles and Lowestoft were called to help free several trapped motorists, with one vehicle on its side trapping a motorist inside.

Four ambulance crews and an ambulance officer also attended.

Shortly after 7.30pm, firefighters removed the roof of one of the cars to release a woman, who was taken to hospital.

A second trapped person was released shortly after, and left in the care of the ambulance service.

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said that a total of 'five patients with minor injuries' were taken to James Paget University Hospital for further treatment.

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A spokesman from Suffolk Police said the road was been closed between the Siding Road junction and the A1145 Castleton Avenue junction.

The Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing team tweeted to say: 'A146 Barnby Bends closed due to RTC - Diversions in place, please find an alternative route.'

Two hours later they sent an update to say the road was 'now fully open' and praised the teamwork of the emergency services.

Diversion routes were put in place via Mutford and Gisleham while the recovery operation took place.