Eastern England | 12 Feb 2012

Ambulance staff and volunteers worked exceptionally hard this weekend as icy roads across the East of England caused a surge in collisions.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) saw calls to collisions rise by more than 50% compared to the end of January.

Essex and Cambridgeshire were the worst hit as incidents in Essex more than doubled and key roads in both counties saw several multi-vehicle incidents.

Norfolk, Suffolk and Bedfordshire were the least affected with a decrease in calls to collisions compared to a fortnight ago.

From 4pm on Friday to 4pm today EEAST recieved 169 calls to collisions. Out of these 43 involved casualties who needed to be taken to hospital for further treatment.

The same time period during the last weekend in January (4pm on Friday January 27 to 4pm on Sunday January 29) saw 120 calls and 38 required patients to be taken to hospital.

An EEAST spokeswoman said: “Crews, volunteers, control room staff and managers have worked extremely hard in dealing with the spate of collisions.

“The cold snap appears to be easing but we would still urge drivers to take extreme care on the roads as ice continues to be an issue.”

Incidents where patients needed further treatment at hospital today included:

In Suffolk at 3.58am a single vehicle collision on the A1304 in Newmarket. One patient was taken to West Suffolk Hospital with minor injuries. At 7.09am a three car collision on Ipswich Road, Stratford St Mary. One man was take to Ipswich Hospital with back injuries.

In Essex at 7.21am one car collided with the central reservation on the A12 at Stanway. One patient was taken to Colchester General Hospital A&E with non life-threatening injuries.

At 8.07am two cars were invovled in an incident on the A130 at Rettendon Common. One collided with railings while the other ended up in a ditch. One casualty was taken to Basildon Hospital A&E with neck pain.

At 8.13am a car was in collision with a tree before ending up in a ditch. A 21-year-old man was taken to Queen’s Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The M25 was the scene of an eight vehicle collision just after 8am and a four car incident at 9.30am.

In the first near junction 28 at Brentwood three casualties were taken to Queen’s Hospital with non life-threatening injuries and three more were treated on scene.

The second, between junctions 27 and 26 at Epping saw one patient taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital with back injuries.

At 11.53am five vehicles were invovled in a collision on Nether Mayne in Basildon. One patient was taken to Basildon Hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

In Cambridgeshire the A14 between Milton and Stow Cum Quywas the scene of several collisions involving an unknown number of cars within close proximity just after 7.30am. EEAST crews treated several patients on scene and took two to Addenbrooke’s with injuries that were not believed to be immediately life threatning.

Two hours later two cars collided on the same stretch of road leaving a 14-year-old boy with serious head and neck injuries. He was treated on scene before being taken to Addenbrooke’s.

In Bedfordshire at 12.36pm crews were called to a collision on the M1 at Luton between junctions 11 and 10. One female casualty was taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be immediately life-threatening.

In Hertfordshire at 6.48am two vehicles collided on Leighton Buzzard Road in Hemel Hempstead. One man was taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital with injuries that were not believed to be immediately life-threatening.

EEAST has not received any calls to collisions in Norfolk so far today.

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