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Tractor driver sentenced to 38 months in jail after A14 collision

A 26-year-old tractor driver has been sentenced to 38 months imprisonment following the death of a man in a serious road collision on the A14 in 2017.

Christopher Duerden, of Bridge Street, Bungay appeared before Ipswich Crown Court today, Wednesday 11 December where he was sentenced to 38 months (three years and two months) in jail and disqualified from driving for three years. Duerden had pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving after a road traffic collision in which a man died.

Police were called at around 6.45am on Friday 20 October 2017 to reports of a collision on the eastbound carriageway of the A14 close to the Orwell bridge, prior to the Nacton junction.

 

A Nissan Cabstar van had stopped partly on the eastbound carriageway with its hazard lights on. The driver was out of the van checking for a vehicle fault when both he and the van were struck by a JCB Fastrac tractor and agricultural trailer.

 

Sadly, the driver of the Nissan, 67-year-old Mick Rayner died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the collision. A passenger within the vehicle that Mr Rayner had been driving was uninjured.

 

Police began an investigation into the circumstances of the collision. Following examination and analysis of Duerden’s mobile phone it was found that it was in use for several minutes in the lead up to the collision including the playing of a flight simulation application, an  internet search and accessing a YouTube video in relation to the application. There was no witness or physical evidence to suggest any pre-impact braking or avoiding action by Duerden.

 

Following the police investigation Christopher Duerden was summonsed to appear at Ipswich Magistrates Court on 30 July where he was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

 

Mick Rayner’s family have asked police to issue the following statement on their behalf,

 

“Today has been a long time coming for our family, we have waited for over two years to get justice for Michael.
As a family we miss him every day.
As much as the sentence is welcomed by us it will never bring Mick home.
It angers us that one person’s need to use their phone whilst driving and show a complete disregard for anyone else on the road that day has had such a shattering effect on our lives.
Our thanks go to all the emergency services who were called in that day, especially Suffolk Police who have gone above and beyond.”

 

Acting Sergeant Barry Teare from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit said;  "It is astonishing that somebody who drives for a living would behave so irresponsibly, let alone whilst driving a such a large vehicle. Using a mobile phone when driving is one of the 'fatal four' factors that lead to serious collisions on our roads. I would urge all drivers to stop and think about the consequences of their actions. If you use your phone whilst driving and cause an incident like this, you will more than likely go to prison.

 

“I would like to thank Mick Rayner's family for their patience and support during the investigation and I hope that they can find some measure of closure at the conclusion of this tragic case.”

Previous release | 30 July 2019

A 25-year-old man has been charged in connection with a serious road traffic collision on the A14 in 2017 in which a man died.

Police were called at around 6.45am on Friday 20 October 2017 to reports of a collision on the eastbound carriageway of the A14 close to the Orwell bridge, prior to the Nacton junction.

A Nissan Cabstar van had stopped on the carriageway and the driver was out of the vehicle when both he and the van were struck by a JCB Fastrac tractor and agricultural trailer. Sadly, the driver of the Nissan, 67-year-old Mick Rayner died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the collision. A passenger within the vehicle that Mr Rayner had been driving was uninjured.

Following a police investigation into the circumstances of the collision, the driver of the JCB, Christopher Duerden of Bridge Street Bungay, was summonsed to appear at Ipswich Magistrates Court today 30 July where he was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

 He is due to appear before Ipswich Crown Court on 27 August.

Previous release | 21 October 2017

A 67-year-old man who died following a road collision on the A14 at Nacton has been formally named as Michael ‘Mick’ Rayner, of Ford End in Essex.

Police were called shortly before 7am on Friday 20 October to reports of a collision on the A14 at Nacton. A passenger within the vehicle that Mr Rayner had been driving was uninjured, but Mick Rayner, the driver of the vehicle, sadly died at the scene.

His family has asked us to issue the following tribute:

Mick Rayner was and shall always remain such a much loved member of the family. A devoted husband, father and grandfather to a family that adored him. Mick had a love of travel, a real fondness of Cornwall where many family holidays will now hold such treasured memories.

Mick was a hardworking man who loved his family and enjoyed time spent working on his garden. Mick will be sadly missed by all who knew him and worked with him in Suffolk and Essex. The family would like to thank the emergency services and especially the family liaison officer.

Previous release: 20 October 2017 Serious collision on A14

Police and emergency services currently at the scene of a serious collision on the Orwell Bridge.

Police were called at 6.45am today, Friday 20 October, to reports of a collision on the eastbound carriageway of the A14 between junction 56, Wherstead and 57, Nacton.

A Nissan Cabstar van had stopped on the carriageway and the driver was out of the vehicle when both  he and the van were struck by a large agricultural vehicle. Sadly, the man has died at the scene as a result of injuries sustained in the collision.

The eastbound carriageway of the A14 remains closed between Copdock and Wherstead and is expected to be shut for several hours. Diversion are in place.

An investigation into the full circumstances of the incident is now underway. Police are asking any witnesses, or any drivers who may have relevant dash-cam footage to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Team on 101, quoting CAD 46 of today.