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IPCC referral after badger collision

Thames Valley Police has referred a fatal road traffic collision on the A34 this morning to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

It follows an incident where a lorry collided with a vehicle while police officers were removing a dead badger from the carriageway.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, which occurred on the southbound carriageway of the A34 near Marcham just before 3am today.


Lorry driver dies as police slow traffic to remove badger

Thames Valley police are appealing for witnesses after a lorry driver crashed into another vehicle and died as officers were removing a dead badger from the A34.

Police received a call this morning to say the dead badger was causing an obstruction on the southbound carriageway near Marcham.

As they slowed down the traffic to remove the dead badger, a lorry crashed into another vehicle.

The driver was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford but sadly died of his injuries.

The southbound carriageway of the A34 has been closed between Botley and Didcot, while one lane remains open on the northbound carriageway between Didcot and Abingdon.

Anyone who witnessed the crash are asked to contact the police via 101.

  1. Penny Silvester

The A34 closed for resurfacing this weekend

A large section of one of the Thames Valley's major roads will be closed for the weekend - leaving drivers with a 68 mile diversion.

The A34 will be shut southbound between the Milton Interchange, just north of Didcot and Chieveley - from 10 o'clock on the night of Friday 15th November 2013 until 6 o'clock on the morning of Monday 18th November 2013.

The normal 34 mile drive will be doubled as drivers try to make their way around the roadworks.

The Highways Agency says the work - on one part of the carriageway - is essential to resurface the stretch of road and waterproof it. Penny Silvester has been gauging the impact of the work.


A34 reopens after caravan crash

Drivers faced long delays northbound on the A34 near Chieveley this afternoon after a caravan jack-knifed. It happened at the Grace's Lane junction shortly after midday. The road was blocked while debris was cleared away. No one was injured, and the road has now reopened.

TRAVEL - ROADS: J9/M3 southbound overnight closure for resurfacing work

The southbound A34 is closed overnight ( Between 10pm Monday 25 March and 6am Tuesday 26 March) at Winchester while road improvements are carried out. The southbound approach to J9/M3 at Winchester is being resurfaced.

The southbound A34 will be closed from Three Maids Hill to the roundabout at junction 9 of the M3 with a fully signed diversion route in place through Winchester via the B3420, B3330, Wales Street and Easton Lane.

Traffic heading south on the A33 will be diverted onto the B3047 towards Winchester where they will join the main diversion route back to the M3 junction 9.

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