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Balloon caused light aircraft crash at Kent airshow

A balloon has been found to be the cause of a light aircraft crash at Herne Bay's airshow in Kent.

According to the Air Accidents Investigation Branch it became lodged in its engine at last year's event, forcing the pilot to ditch the plane at sea.

The pilot managed to avoid both spectators and swimmers.

Spectators waded in to the water to help the pilot who was face down in the water.

Safety action has been taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Tributes to woman who died after a crash in Maidenhead

Clare Smith Credit: Thames Valley Police

The family of a mother who died after a car crash have paid tribute to her.

Clare Smith died in hospital following a collision on the A308 in Maidenhead.

Clare Louise Smith and her daughter were involved in a tragic car accident on Wednesday 26 July. Clare was transferred to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and unfortunately passed away from her injuries on Sunday night. Her daughter will make a full recovery. Clare lived all of her life in Marlow and was a former pupil of Holy Trinity and Great Marlow Schools. In the past few year she had worked at Wycombe Hospital. She was very much loved by her devastated family and friends and will be forever sadly missed.

– Family of Clare Smith

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Four car crash leaves pensioner needing treatment

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A serious crash involving four vehicles in Hampshire has left a pensioner and a woman in her early 20s needing hospital treatment.

Both were suffering from sustained shoulder, hip and back injuries after the crash.

Four other people, including one child, sustained minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

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Two cars ended up off the road after the collision on the A35 north of Holmsley.

Two ambulances, the air ambulance and a rapid response vehicle were sent to the scene yesterday afternoon.

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“All those involved in the accident were extremely lucky. Two of the four vehicles involved left the road and narrowly missed some very large trees; the other two vehicles on the road were extensively damaged. A few feet either way and it could easily have been a lot worse, with many of those involved suffering serious and potentially fatal injuries.”

– Brendan Harvey, Senior Ambulance Officer
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Shocking footage of 4x4 flipping over in Kent

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Footage has emerged of the alarming moment a four by four lost control while towing a trailer in Kent.

The video, posted on social media, shows a Land Rover Freelander skidding across two lanes and flipping over as it heads towards Maidstone on the A249.

Motorists helped pull two occupants from the wreckage.

Police say no one was seriously injured.

Motorcyclist flown to hospital after M3 crash

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital by air ambulance after a crash on the M3.

Police officers were called to the southbound stretch of the motorway just past junction 4a, near to the Fleet services.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

Tributes paid to man killed in crash in Windsor

Tributes have been paid to a man who died in a crash on Winkfield Road in Windsor.

Koon Yau Kwok Credit: Thames Valley Police

Koon Yau was a warm hearted person who worked extremely hard and cared very much for his family, in particular his mother. He will be remembered as a happy, friendly man. He was also a talented chef who was very popular with customers at the restaurant where he worked in Windsor. Koon Yau’s family and friends are shocked and saddened by his death and he will be very sorely missed.

– Family of Koon Yau Kwok

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Two men killed after light aircraft crashes into field

Two men have died after the light aircraft they were in crashed into a field in Wiltshire last night.

It crashed at around 6.30pm in Brimslade, Marlborough.

Emergency officials including police, ambulance and the fire and rescue service are at the scene.

Representatives from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch are also present and will lead the investigation into the incident.

Witnesses sought after five car crash near Brighton

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Police are asking the public to come forward with information after a five car crash on the A23 north of Brighton on Friday 7th July.

Officers are trying to trace the driver of a small beige vehicle which failed to stop after the crash on the southbound carriageway.

The crash happened at around 6.10pm some 400 metres north of the Mill Road roundabout and the A27.

Several vehicles were forced to swerve and collided with each other.

A black Renault Clio driven by a 27-year-old man from Milton Keynes overturned.

He and his front seat passenger, a 23-year-old woman from Northampton, sustained minor injuries and were treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.

The other cars involved were a white Kia Sportage, driven by a 34-year-old man from Brighton, a grey Volkswagen Scirocco driven by a 55-year-old man from Southwick and a black Audi A4, driven by a 42-year-old woman from Hassocks.

Anyone with information is asked to email collision.appeal@sussex.pnn.police uk, report details online here or phone 101, quoting serial 1222 of 07/07.

We're keen to speak to the driver the small beige vehicle seen in the vicinity at the time of the crash. We'd also like to hear from anyone who saw what happened or who noticed the beige vehicle being driven shortly beforehand, and whom we've not yet spoken to."

– PC Nathan Langley, East Sussex Roads Policing Unit

Man airlifted to hospital after three car crash

A man has been airlifted to hospital following a crash involving three cars.

It happened on the A37 near to the clay pigeon shooting range just before 1am this morning, involving a red Ford Focus, a silver Peugeot 207 and a pink Kia Picanto.

The driver of the Kia Picanto, a 69-year-old man from the Yeovil area, was flown by air ambulance to Southampton Hospital with serious injuries, which are not now believed to be life-threatening.

The crash happened on the A37 near the clay pigeon shooting range Credit: Google Streetview

The Peugeot driver, a 30-year-old man from the Dorchester area, was taken to Dorset County Hospital for treatment to minor injuries.

The driver of the Ford Focus, a 54-year-old man from Portland, and a female passenger were treated by the ambulance service at the scene.

The road was closed at the Batcombe junction and the Chalmington junction. It has since re-opened.

“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision, or the manner of driving of any of the vehicles involved prior to the collision, to please contact Dorset Police.

“The road was closed for approximately six hours to enable the scene to be examined by Forensic Collision Investigations and CSI. We would like to thank motorists for their patience during this time.”

– Police Sergeant Craig Tatton
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