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TRAVEL - ROADS: HAMPSHIRE Lorry overturned - A34 blocked at Whitchurch

The A34 southbound is blocked before Whitchurch due to an overturned lorry. The incident happened just north of Whitchurch on the southbound carriageway.


Wiltshire man dies in crash involving car and lorry

Police are appealing for witnesses to a crash on the A34 yesterday evening, in which a man died.

It happened at around 5.45pm on the northbound carriageway near the Tufton crossroads.

A Vauxhall Zafira collided with an HGV lorry which had initially been travelling in the same direction.

The front seat passenger of the Vauxhall Zafira, a 53-year-old man from Swindon in Wiltshire, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, a 40-year-old man, and two rear seat passengers (a 13-year-old girl and 38-year-old man) sustained minor injuries.

The driver of the HGV, a 48-year-old man from Poland, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remains in custody.

I would appeal to anyone who was travelling northbound or southbound yesterday evening who may have witnessed the incident, or saw either vehicle before the collision to contact us as soon as possible.

– Sergeant Adrienne Jerram of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit

Closures and new speed limit for A34 in Oxfordshire

A 50 mph speed limit is being introduced today along part of the A34 in Oxfordshire as drainage works take place.

The Highways Agency says the six month project between the junctions at Chilton and the Milton Interchange should help reduce flooding, and improve safety.

It's hoped the new work will improve safety and reduce flooding Credit: ITV Meridian

There will also be overnight lane closures and carriageway closures.

The improvements will mean new filter drains and pipes, which should result in less unplanned road closures due to emergency road maintenance.

This work will provide smoother and safer journeys for users of the A34 in this part of Oxfordshire. Road users will benefit from a section more resistant to flooding and therefore less likely to impact upon journeys. While work of this nature inevitably causes some inconvenience, we will aim to prevent as much disruption as possible."

– Highways Agency Service Delivery Manager Guy Watts


Renewed appeal for witnesses to A34 crash

Lorry overturns on A34 Credit: ITV news

Police are renewing their appeal for witnesses to come forward after a lorry overturned on the A34 northbound carriageway just before Sutton Scotney at around 7am on Wednesday, October 1. The driver, a 50 year-old man from Wiltshire was airlifted to hospital to be treated for serious, but not life threatening, injuries. A second driver, a 45 year-old man, was also treated by ambulance crews, after his silver Skoda Octavia ended up in a ditch at the side of the carriageway. The northbound section of the A34 was closed between Three Maids Hill and Sutton Scotney for nearly 12 hours to enable recovery of the vehicles and an investigation to be undertaken. Some debris including notepads and coasters from the load being carried by the lorry closed one lane southbound for a much shorter period. A man arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving has been bailed until December Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Paul Thorne at Whitchurch roads policing unit on 101 quoting 44140354733 or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously.

Section of the A34 to be closed for resurfacing work

A one mile section of the A34 will be closed overnight to allow for resurfacing work Credit: ITV Meridian

Overnight closures begin later on the A34 in Oxfordshire to allow for resurfacing work.

A one mile section is affected near Didcot with the aim of providing drivers with a smoother, safer and quieter journey.

The Highways Agency says it's part of one of the largest investment in roads' infrastructure.

The resurfacing work will be carried out overnight, between 10pm and 6am, Monday to Friday with diversions via the A4185 and the A4130.

It should be completed by Wednesday 30th July.

Family "shocked and devastated" after couples death

The family of an elderly couple killed in a crash on the A34 say they are "shocked and devastated" at their deaths.

Barry Janes, who was 70-years-old, and his wife Shirley died when their car left the carriageway at Three Maids Hill on Monday night.

The couple from Fareham were traveling southbound when their car, for reasons that police are investigating, crashed and ended up on its roof.

Anyone who witnessed the incident to help the police build a better picture of what happened that night of 24th February are asked contact PC Matthew Clayton on 101, quoting Operation Agate.

The crash on Monday night caused long delays for motorists on the A34 Credit: ITV Meridian
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