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Storm Fionn chaos: Nine-vehicle crash on A14, M11 closure, power cuts - and man seriously hurt by fallen tree

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Christopher Burlinson snapped this picture of Storm Fionns rage with a tree uprooted at Jesus College, Cambridge. Picture: C. Burlinson
Christopher Burlinson snapped this picture of Storm Fionns rage with a tree uprooted at Jesus College, Cambridge. Picture: C. Burlinson

Storm force winds leave a trail of havoc across the county

Storm Fionn left a trail of devastation across the county overnight, with trees uprooted, roads blocked, homes and businesses struggling without power, and emergency services battling to deal with a spate of accidents.

A man was taken to hospital after his car was in collision with a fallen tree at Waterbeach and a nine-car pile-up on the A14 closed the westbound carriageway in Stow cum Quy at junction 35.

A police spokesperson confirmed there were nine vehicles involved in the crash on the A14 after they were called to the incident at 8.42 this morning (January 18).

No injuries were reported but it followed other accidents on the M11 and A1. An overturned lorry on the M11 meant the road was shut in both directions while the emergency services recovered the vehicle.

Police were also called to deal with six incidents in the space of two hours on the A10 – one of which involved Magpas paramedics dealing with an injured driver, in his 60s, after his car had collided with a fallen tree at Waterbeach early this morning. He is thought to have sustained a broken leg.

A spokesperson for Magpas said: “At 5:37am this morning Magpas doctor Richard Booker and paramedic Ollie Robinson arrived in Waterbeach via a Magpas Air Ambulance rapid response vehicle. They had been called to treat a man who had been seriously injured in a collision between a car and a fallen tree - following the strong winds overnight.

“The Magpas enhanced medical team assessed the patient, who had sustained serious leg injuries. They gave the man advanced pain relief and sedated him at the scene before accompanying him to Addenbrooke’s Hospital via land ambulance. The patient was in a very serious but stable condition upon arrival. An EEAST Ambulance Service paramedic crew, Cambridgeshire police and the fire and rescue service were also in attendance.”

More than 6,000 homes in Cambridgeshire were without power and a spokesperson of UK Power Networks said: “Engineers have restored power to 100,200 in the East of England today after winds of over 70mph damaged trees and overhead power lines, particularly across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.

“There are currently 47,000 properties without power and we have additional engineers working to restore them as quickly and safely as possible. We urge the public to stay well clear from power lines and anyone spotting a damaged power line needs to report it to us. Latest numbers of customers without power in Cambridgeshire is 6,450.”

Greater Anglia rail services were also cancelled or delayed as a result of the high winds damaging overhead electric power lines.

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