40mph speed limit on Eriswell Road in bid to cut accidents

A vehicle is engulfed in flames after being involved in a three-car accident in eriswell Road on May 12, 2014, minutes after Staff Sgt. Vicente Gomez had rescued two people. ANL-160315-111455001
A vehicle is engulfed in flames after being involved in a three-car accident in eriswell Road on May 12, 2014, minutes after Staff Sgt. Vicente Gomez had rescued two people. ANL-160315-111455001

The 60mph speed limit on part of Eriswell Road, Lakenheath, will be reduced to 40mph next month as part of a long term safety campaign by the USAF bases and Suffolk County Council.

Col Thomas Torkelson, 100th Air Refueling wing commander at RAF Mildenhall said: “This one-mile of stretch of road between RAF Mildenhall and RAF Lakenheath has been historically dangerous and the site of many close calls and tragic accidents.

“Both bases suffer an average of one major accident a month on Eriswell Road.”

In March, Staff Sgt Vicente Gomez, 100th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, was awarded the Airman’s Medal for rescuing two people from burning cars after a 2014 crash in Eriswell Road.

The move is the result of a two-year joint effort between the bases and Suffolk County Council to reduce road accidents.

Col Robert Novotny, Lakenheath’s 48th Fighter Wing commander, said: “This is an example of the strong relationship between RAFs Lakenheath and Mildenhall and local county leaders, which has spanned many years, We’ve had great support from the Beck Row Parish Council.”

There have been 23 collisions involving airmen and dependents from the two bases between 2012 and 2014.