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Fire-hit garage back in business

The blaze ripped through Williams garage in Otterbourne in November Credit: ITV Meridian

A commercial garage in Hampshire which was destroyed by fire just before Christmas is back in business, after fears that fifty staff faced losing their jobs.

An electrical fault in a damaged Jaguar sparked the fire which ripped through Williams garage in Otterbourne in November.

Refusing to give up, the owners have been working out of temporary offices.

They now plan to rebuild the entire business, including the village shop.

ITV Meridian spoke to owner of the garage, Pete Whieldon.

Pedestrian hit on motorway in critical condition

Police are appealing for information after a pedestrian was seriously injured in a collision with vehicles on the M3 at Otterbourne.

Officers were called to junction 12 of the northbound motorway at around 9.20pm last night.

A 73-year-old man from Winchester was walking along the carriageway when he was hit by a number of vehicles - at least two, police say.

He suffered serious life threatening injuries and was taken to Southampton General Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition.

We are investigating the circumstances surrounding this collision. It is not being treated as suspicious at this time.

I’m appealing for information and would particularly like to hear from the drivers of two vehicles believed to be involved in the incident. One is a dark coloured lorry and the other is a Renault vehicle.

– Sergeant Andy Tester

The northbound carriageway was closed for around three hours for police to investigate and recover the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Tester at Totton police station on 101 quoting Operation Walburton.

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Pedestrian fights for life after being hit by vehicles on the M3 motorway

A pedestrian has been hit by a number of passing vehicles on a motorway in Hampshire. He is in Southampton General Hospital with serious life-threatening injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses after the incident at Junction 12 of the northbound carriageway of the M3 at Otterbourne. It happened at 9.20pm on Monday 8th April 2013.

Hampshire Police are trying to trace two vehicles that may have been involved - a dark lorry, and a Renault car. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Roads Policing Unit on 101.