Suffolk

Lowestoft lollipop man injured in road accident

A lollipop man has been injured on the same road in Lowestoft, Suffolk, where a schoolgirl was killed in 2007.

A car hit Derek Collins while he was on duty on Yarmouth Road, near Gunton Primary School, on Thursday morning.

It is the same stretch of road where six-year-old Samantha Casteldine died from multiple injuries when she was hit by a lorry four years ago.

Mr Collins, 72, said: "I just remember having visions of car, sky and road as I landed."

'Well padded'

The crossing patrol attendant suffered a 7in (18cm) cut on his arm, a cut on his face and bruising on his legs and was treated in hospital.

He said: "The windscreen shattered and I've got to presume my head hit it.

"I felt a thump but that's all I can say. When I was lying on the road I was shaking bits of glass off of my head and spitting it out of my mouth.

"If it had been a child, they wouldn't have had a chance. I'm quite a big bloke and well padded, so I think I bounced a little bit."

Suffolk police said a man from Norfolk, aged in his 30s, had been reported for careless driving.

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