A man describes the minutes and hours after a car was pulled below flood waters, killing a passenger. Simon Hiscock lives nearby and speaks of his campaign to close the road in winter months.
It comes after a male passenger died when the car his wife was driving was engulfed in water this morning. He was pronounced dead on the scene - she was taken to Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital where she is being treated for shock.
The Council has issued this statement:
– Councillor Mel Kendal, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council
“I was sorry to hear about this tragic incident and, on behalf of the County Council, I would like to express my sincere condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. The ford is located on the county boundary with Berkshire and the signs on the Hampshire side of the ford have recently been changed and improved to advise motorists to check the depth markings before proceeding to cross the ford. The depth markers are clearly visible, even at night in headlights,and the measurements are each one foot apart. Approximately 900 metres before reaching this sign and depth markers, there are advance signs warning that the road is liable to flooding. We will await the outcome of the police investigation and, in reviewing their findings, we will consider whether any further measures are needed to prevent a tragedy such as this from happening again. In the meantime, I urge motorists to be cautious about crossing any ford, particularly when there has been significant rain fall and to heed any signs warning of the possibility of flooding, paying special attention to the depth indicators that are in place.”