Suffolk Constabulary has issued an appeal for witnesses following a road traffic collision involving a tractor and a lorry.

The incident, which occurred on Wednesday (August 2), resulted in a man being airlifted to hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

As well as issuing an appeal for witnesses of the tractor crash, police have also released more information on the incident, confirming that the two men involved in the collision are both aged in their 30s.

Police, ambulance crew and an air ambulance were all in attendance to the incident, which occurred near the A1120 and Angel Hill junctions in Little Stonham.

The driver of the tractor was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s hospital following the incident, and the driver of the lorry was taken to Ipswich hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The road was blocked in both directions, between the Coddenham Crossroads and Mendlesham, whilst emergency services attended to the collision and a scene investigation was carried out, Suffolk Constabulary said. The road reopened at approximately 11:50p.m.

“Police are keen to hear from any witnesses to the collision, any motorists with dash cam footage and anybody who witnessed the manner of driving of the vehicles involved,” the force said.

Officers from Suffolk Constabulary were originally called to the scene of the incident on the A140 Norwich Road just before 12:40p.m on Wednesday.

Vehicle safety inspections

Farmers in Northern Ireland have been today (Friday, August 4) reminded of upcoming vehicle inspections to be carried out by the Health and Safety Executive of Northern Ireland (HSENI).

These inspections are part of the farming transport inspection scheme, which was announced on July 31.

The eight-month long programme will continue until March 2024 and, ahead of the inspecting period, deputy president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) William Irvine has urged farmers to be prepared.

Irvine encouraged farmers to ensure their farm vehicles are adequately maintained and that they hold the correct licenses/training certificates for vehicles in use, as the HSENI will be reviewing these.

UFU deputy president William Irvine said: “Certain vehicles require specific training such as telescopic handlers and all-terrain vehicles.

“Any person operating such vehicles on the farm whether in a field, yard or road during a work activity, must be adequately trained to do so. This is a legal requirement under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (NI) 1999.

“Inspectors will provide information and advice during their inspections, which will include instructions to complete training courses if the driver does not hold the relevant certificate to operate a piece of machinery.”