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RAF MILDENHALL — One person died in a collision involving two cars and four semitrailers Wednesday on the A14 highway near Newmarket.

The accident closed off the eastbound lane of the highway for more than eight hours, Cambridgeshire police said.

The closure resulted in miles of gridlock along the A14 as well as on the A11 highway and portions of Newmarket, where traffic was diverted.

The city is home to many U.S. troops stationed at nearby RAFs Lakenheath and Mildenhall.

A man driving a Nissan Almera died at the scene after his vehicle and one of the semitrailers collided, British police said.

The other vehicles involved — a Fiat Punto and three other semis — were not seriously damaged in the crash, said Cambridgeshire police spokesman Neil Franklin.

The accident occurred three-quarters of a mile east of the A142 highway junction at around 4 a.m., Franklin said.

Police are still investigating and did not say if any U.S. servicemembers were involved.

Any witnesses to the crash are asked to call Sgt. Lyndon Pickston of the Roads Policing Unit at 0845-4564-564.

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