Suffolk County Council cabinet member for transport James Finch said: “Safety of all road users and pedestrians is our absolute priority.
South Central Ambulance Service spokeswoman Michelle Archer said seven people were treated at the roadside.
The air ambulance was called and its crew members treated patients at the scene and some of the doctors travelled with them to the hospital in land ambulances.
That means the players face very varied physical demands.
They need endurance, strength and speed but they also face the added dimension of constant collisions from running into each other at maximum velocity, again and again and again. A back row in rugby union might make about 20 tackles in a game.
The smash comes just two weeks after Tracy Houghton, her sons Ethan, 13, Josh, 11, and her partner’s 11-year-old daughter Amiee Goldsmith, were killed in a horrific eight-vehicle crash on the A34, near East Ilsley.
Thames Valley Police spokesman Gareth Ford-Lloyd said the force was called at about 7.30pm, adding: "The collision involved a number of vehicles and we are working to investigate the circumstances. It’s not safe and something needs to be done." Holly Sunter, from Huddersfield, passed the "horrible" crash and tweeted to share her thoughts with all involved.“We want our players to be gentlemen off the field, but wild animals on the field who throw their bodies into things,” says Mark Bitcon, the highly-respected Director of Performance at Wigan Warriors - the reigning Super League champions and Challenge Cup holders, who commence the new season at home to Huddersfield Giants on Friday February 7.“Rugby league has an element of rugby union in terms of collisions and impact and an element of football in terms of the running distances and speeds required.The smash happened at 7.30pm near the Hinksey Hill Interchange, just after the slip road. The two seriously injured were taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital alongside a further three with minor injuries.Police shut the northbound carriageway while paramedics, five ambulance crews and the fire brigade dealt with the crash site which caused long delays for several hours.A 58-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving after an eight-vehicle pile-up on the A34.