Man dies after Bank Holiday weekend crash on A1101

Elmswell Road remains closed in Great Ashfield after a tree fell onto power cables. Picture: Sarah

Police have confirmed the motorist involved in the A1101 Burnt Fen crash has died (file photo) - Credit: Sarah Lucy Brown

The motorist involved in a single-vehicle crash on the A1101 over the Bank Holiday weekend has died, police have confirmed.

Officers from Suffolk police were called to the incident, on Suffolk's border with Cambridgeshire, shortly after 1pm on Sunday, August 29.

The road remained closed until the following morning.

The driver of the Porsche Boxter involved in the crash, a man, was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for treatment for serious injuries.

However, a spokesman for Suffolk police has now confirmed the man died on Friday, September 3.

The A1101, which connects Mildenhall with Littleport, near Ely, is a mostly straight and narrow road with almost no lighting and few properties on either side.

News of the man's death means there have now been 16 deaths on Suffolk's roads in 2021 — including four fatalities in August.

Simon Harries, who represents Ely North at East Cambridgeshire District Council, called for more signage to be placed along the A1101 to warn motorists of bumps in the road.

He described the surface as "unpredictable" to drive on and said motorists can become airborne when travelling at high speed.

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Mr Harries said: "Burnt Fen is one of many places that may be a single house, and that's about it.

"The problem with the road is that the surface is very, very bumpy - it's a whole series of unpredictable bumps.

"The A1101 is a very narrow road and the surface is very bad. If you get up to 80mph, you can take off. Once you get up to speed, it's all about getting your car back under control.

"If you drive too fast on that road, you will never do it again. It's long and relatively straight, but it's so difficult to drive on.

"If you decide to drive into Mildenhall or Beck Row, once you hit 40mph you have to slow down. It's not, in my opinion, a safe road. It could at least be signed better."

Anyone who witnessed the incident is urged to contact Suffolk police, quoting CAD 171 of Sunday, August 29.

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