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Four people die in Suffolk car crash

Published 18/07/2015

Four people have been killed in a crash involving two vehicles in Suffolk.
Four people have been killed in a crash involving two vehicles in Suffolk.

Four people have died after two cars smashed into each other - causing one to "somersault" and burst into flames.

Neighbours rushed out of their homes to try to put out the fire and save those inside, but the blaze was too strong.

Suffolk Police said a man, 77, and a woman, 75, from Ely in Cambridgeshire, and two young men aged 24 and 28, from Mildenhall in Suffolk, died at the scene.

A tearful group, believed to be family and friends of the deceased, visited the scene of last night's crash near the picturesque village of Worlington near Barton Mills in Suffolk, and laid flowers.

The men are believed to have been driving in a BMW towards the village and smashed into the elderly pair's Hyundai.

Neighbours near the crash scene told how they heard a "loud bang" and rushed outside to discover one of the cars on fire in their front garden.

One woman, who asked not to be named, said: "There was a horrendous noise and when we went outside the car was in the garden on fire. It was on fire and it kept exploding.

"One of our neighbours called the emergency services and they were here within minutes.

"We tried to douse the flames, but there was nothing we could do."

A man, who also asked not to be named, said: "There were two cars involved. One of them was going really fast and they collided. One of the cars left the road and ended up in the garden.

"The car rolled over, it flipped over at least once and landed in the garden.

"The emergency services were here until 2am."

Another said: "There was a red car with an elderly couple in it and a BMW which was coming the other way. The BMW somersaulted and landed in the garden.

"We went out with a hosepipe to try to put the flames out."

Tearful friends of the deceased visited the spot where the cars collided on the B1102 Freckenham Road at Worlington in Suffolk at around 8pm last night.

They hugged one another in emotional scenes as they surveyed the garden where the car had burst into flames.

They declined to speak to the press, and left after a few minutes.

A woman, who asked not to be named, said: "It is so, so sad. I can't believe it."

As a young man approached the scene in tears to lay flowers, she told him: "They wouldn't have known anything."

The crash left a hole the length of a car in the roadside hedge and a trail of debris of car parts, branches and twigs lasting for several metres could be seen in the garden which led to a large, charred black patch on the ground.

Broken glass remains strewn on the road and police tape can be seen on a hedge down the road near the crash scene.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, of Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing, said: "We've attended the scene to gather evidence and we would like to ask any witnesses or anyone with any information about the collision in Worlington to come forward in order to assist our investigation.

"Our aim is to provide support to the victims' families affected by this tragic incident, and to provide information for the coroner."

The cause of the collision is unknown and is currently under investigation, a police spokesman said.

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