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Helicopter crashes near River Thames

The pilot of a helicopter which crashed near a river after going into a spin gave a "thumbs-up" as he escaped with minor injuries.

An ambulance crew was called to Mapledurham estate next to the River Thames, near Reading, just before 6pm last night after a helicopter landed on its side.

The helicopter came down at Mapledurham near the River Thames Credit: Luke Howroyd

"We got a call at 17:51 to reports of a helicopter that had come down. We sent two rapid-response vehicles, two ambulance officers and an ambulance crew.

They attended to "two adult males who sustained minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment."

– A spokeswoman for South Central Ambulance Service

Man injured in crash dies in hospital

A man injured in a crash in Eastleigh has died in hospital.

The collision took place on the evening of January 3rd on Leigh Road at the junction of the slip road onto the northbound M3, involving a blue Skoda Octavia taxi and a black Nissan Navara,

The passenger of the Nissan, am 86-year-old man from Andover, was treated for injuries at the scene and was taken to Southampton General Hospital.

However, whilst in hospital he was found to have sustained a more serious injury from the collision and died on Thursday.

"Sadly, the passenger of the Nissan Navara passed away on Thursday. We need to speak to anyone who witnessed this collision or anyone who has any information that could assist our investigation. I would urge anyone with information to contact us on 101.”

– Sergeant Richard Grant


M4 closed in Berkshire following lorry crash

The M4 Westbound Junction 13 to 14 is currently closed following an crash involving two HGV lorries.

All lanes Westbound between junction 13 at Chievely and 14 at Hungerford heading away from London are closed and a diversion is taking motorists off the carriageway at Junction 13.

It is likely to be closed for sometime for recovery. The Eastbound carriageway is currently full open.

Boy taken to hospital following crash

A 13-year-old boy has been taken to hospital with a serious head injury after a crash in Gillingham in Dorset.

Police were called to Wyke Road just before 4pm on Friday to a collision involving a pedestrian and a red Citroen C2.

The collision happened on Wyke Road in Gillingham on Friday Credit: Google Streetview

The pedestrian, a 13-year-old local boy, sustained a serious head injury and was taken to Southampton General Hospital by air ambulance. His condition is no longer life-threatening.

The driver of the Citroen, a 17-year-old local man was uninjured.

“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or saw the manner of driving of the car immediately before, to please contact Dorset Police.”

– Police Sergeant Mark Scammell, of the Alliance Road Policing Team


Warning to drivers travelling through roadworks

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service is warning drivers to take extra care when travelling through roadworks after a crash on the M40.

Emergency services were called to the motorway between junctions 6 and 7 yesterday afternoon where people were believed to be trapped in the wreckage.

A car had left the motorway and ended up on its side down the embankment and stuck in the hedgerow.

The driver and the passenger were freed safely.

The car had left the motorway and ended up on its side down an embankment Credit: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue

“I would like to thank all services who helped at this incident including the Army who had stopped when passing the incident and provided support to the casualties until our arrival. Due to the position of the car and the fact it was on its side down the embankment we had to initially stabilise the vehicle to prevent further movement and then create access by use hydraulic equipment to remove the doors and centre post from the side of the car.

"The driver and passenger were then able to be released and subsequently taken to hospital for checks, however the incident could have resulted in even more damage had the vehicle hit others and of course the injuries could have been a lot worse had they not been wearing their seat belts”

"There have been a number of recent accidents in the current temporary road works in place on this section of the M40 and I would urge drivers to stay alert, reduce their speed on approach and take extra care by following the 2 second rule in an attempt to maintain a suitable gap between you and vehicle in front, thus helping prevent possible further collisions”

– Incident Commander, Watch Manager Andy Ford

Man seriously injured in crash on A20

Police are at the scene of a serious crash involving two cars and a lorry on the A20 at Lenham in Kent.

Emergency services were called just before 3:30pm to Ham Lane. One man has been taken to hospital in a serious condition.

The road is currently closed while investigations take place.

Thirteen injured after car ploughs into pedestrians

Thirteen people have been injured when a car ploughed into a crowd of people in Rochester.

Kent Police were called to a disturbance involving a number of vehicles in Sir Thomas Longley Road last night.

Whilst the police were there, a car was involved in a collision with several pedestrians.

Four men have been taken to a London hospital with serious injuries, which are not thought to be life threatening.

A further five people have been taken to a local hospital with four treated at the scene.

An 18-year old man has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

We are conducting numerous enquiries into this incident and would like to speak to anyone with information who has not yet spoken to officers. A lot of people were in the area at the time and we believe that some of them may have video or pictures of the collision. I would like to encourage anyone with footage to get in contact with us as it could be vital for our investigation.

– Sergeant Scott Lynch, Kent Police

Pedestrian seriously injured in crash

Police are appealing for information after a crash involving a car and a pedestrian.

It happened in the early hours of this morning on the westbound carriageway of the B3400 at Newfound between Basingstoke and Oakley.

A Vauxhall Insignia car, driven by a man in his 20s, was in collision with a pedestrian.

The pedestrian, a man in his 40s, sustained serious head injuries and is being treated at Southampton General hospital. The driver of the car was uninjured.

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