UPDATE WITH VIDEO: Lucky escape after taxi ends up on its roof in A35 Upton Bypass collision

Major Poole road blocked by crash

UPDATE: Major Poole road blocked by crash

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THE occupants of a taxi had a lucky escape after the car left the road and travelled 30 metres through undergrowth before coming to rest on its roof.

The accident took place at 11am this morning on the busy A35 Upton by-pass when a collision occurred between the Poole Radio Cabs Peugeot Premier vehicle and a grey BMW 330 saloon.

Firefighters had to release a person trapped in the black Peugeot, whose registered owner is from Corfe Mullen.

Three people in the taxi received minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to Poole Hospital for a check-up. One woman is believed to have suffered a fractured arm.

A further three people in the BMW, registered to a Wareham person, were believed not to be injured.

Dorset Police closed the road westbound after the mid-morning accident and later re-opened one lane to traffic. Both vehicles involved were being recovered from the scene.

The accident took place mid-way between the Upton House slip-road and the Blandford Road slip-road, heading towards the Bakers Arms roundabout.

“The taxi must have travelled through 30 metres of undergrowth before it came to rest on its roof,” said PC Rob Munro, Poole traffic officer, at the scene.

He said fortunately there were no trees in its path and it had come to rest on soft ground.

“That is very lucky indeed.”

PC Munro said the occupants of only one vehicle, who had witnessed the crash, had stopped and spoken to police and he appealed for more witnesses.

“The road would have been very busy at this time,” he said. “Almost certainly other people have witnessed the collision.

“I am also appealing for anyone who was heading westbound who didn’t witness the collision but who may have seen the manner of driving of the grey coloured BMW saloon prior to the collision, to come forward.”

Anyone who can help can contact PC Munro on 101.

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3:26pm Thu 5 Jun 14

spooki says...

Let's hope those who are taken to hospital will be ok.

I'll skip past the fact there was a BMW and a Taxi involved.
I drove on this road yesterday, as did a lot of people, and still can't see how so many accidents are on this stretch, same as Blackwater on the A338.
Let's hope those who are taken to hospital will be ok. I'll skip past the fact there was a BMW and a Taxi involved. I drove on this road yesterday, as did a lot of people, and still can't see how so many accidents are on this stretch, same as Blackwater on the A338. spooki
  • Score: 16

4:17pm Thu 5 Jun 14

speedy231278 says...

Hmmm... a taxi and a BMW. One has no respect for other road users, the other has faulty indicators. A recipe for disaster. Let's hope everyone makes a complete recovery.
Hmmm... a taxi and a BMW. One has no respect for other road users, the other has faulty indicators. A recipe for disaster. Let's hope everyone makes a complete recovery. speedy231278
  • Score: 8

4:53pm Thu 5 Jun 14

suzigirl says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Hmmm... a taxi and a BMW. One has no respect for other road users, the other has faulty indicators. A recipe for disaster. Let's hope everyone makes a complete recovery.
I blame the cyclist myself!
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Hmmm... a taxi and a BMW. One has no respect for other road users, the other has faulty indicators. A recipe for disaster. Let's hope everyone makes a complete recovery.[/p][/quote]I blame the cyclist myself! suzigirl
  • Score: -2

5:06pm Thu 5 Jun 14

nermal says...

Sounds like the occupants of the taxi were lucky to get away with only minor injuries, looking at the picture of the wreckage.
Sounds like the occupants of the taxi were lucky to get away with only minor injuries, looking at the picture of the wreckage. nermal
  • Score: 7

5:58pm Thu 5 Jun 14

bobthedestroyer says...

suzigirl wrote:
speedy231278 wrote:
Hmmm... a taxi and a BMW. One has no respect for other road users, the other has faulty indicators. A recipe for disaster. Let's hope everyone makes a complete recovery.
I blame the cyclist myself!
Yep must have been the cyclist or bus
[quote][p][bold]suzigirl[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Hmmm... a taxi and a BMW. One has no respect for other road users, the other has faulty indicators. A recipe for disaster. Let's hope everyone makes a complete recovery.[/p][/quote]I blame the cyclist myself![/p][/quote]Yep must have been the cyclist or bus bobthedestroyer
  • Score: -2

5:59pm Thu 5 Jun 14

bobthedestroyer says...

nermal wrote:
Sounds like the occupants of the taxi were lucky to get away with only minor injuries, looking at the picture of the wreckage.
Definitely agree. Could have been a lot worse for all involved.
[quote][p][bold]nermal[/bold] wrote: Sounds like the occupants of the taxi were lucky to get away with only minor injuries, looking at the picture of the wreckage.[/p][/quote]Definitely agree. Could have been a lot worse for all involved. bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 2

11:01pm Sat 7 Jun 14

MotorbikeSam says...

my money is the BMW as guilty..
I guess the taxi drivers insurance co ( i:e us) will be in or a battering !!
my money is the BMW as guilty.. I guess the taxi drivers insurance co ( i:e us) will be in or a battering !! MotorbikeSam
  • Score: -1

5:39pm Sun 15 Jun 14

hmscolljngwood says...

I lived around this area for about 7 years, from 1993-2000, and I call this section of the Poole bypass 'The Drag Mile'.

A dead-straight strip coming out of the congestion of Poole when you turn left towards Upton, along the bypass. I've stood on the pedestrian footbridge at Upton and seen cars doing 100+ and especially motorbikes doing well over 150 mph along this drag strip. I’ve never understood why the police have not put a speed camera there. Not surprised at this accident. The slip road is obscured until you are almost on top of, it due to overgrowing trees and bushes at the side of the road. It is easy to miss the sign for Upton Park which is about 200 metres form the filter exit.

Check this out on Google Earth and you will see the trees almost overhanging the road at this spot. The bushes and trees along this whole strait leading to Upton Park need severely cutting back.

Drivers might typically be overtaking slower cars (still doggedly observing the 50mph speed limit out of Poole) at 70-120 mph and then pull left in front of these cars at the last second, and swerve across their path to take the Upton slipway at the last possible moment. A tall van or truck can easily obscure the road sign if you are on the outside lane.

This junction is a notorious example of poor road planning, a lack of greenery maintenance, and is an accident black spot, due to bad design. I’ve often missed it myself due to overtaking slow cars and had to take the Blandford Road slip road and double back, when my two children were living in Warbler Close Estate which backs onto the bypass.

The BMW was doubtless going far too fast, didn’t see the sign, executed above manoeuvre, swerved and braked too late or not hard enough when he saw the taxi on the slip road, clipped it and sent it into the long grass, like a slice shot on a golf fairway.

It is an obvious accident waiting to happen at this junction, and the one beyond it to Blandford, where the crash barriers at the end of the ramp have been damaged in the past by boy racers, bombing along and coming off this notorious strait too fast.
I lived around this area for about 7 years, from 1993-2000, and I call this section of the Poole bypass 'The Drag Mile'. A dead-straight strip coming out of the congestion of Poole when you turn left towards Upton, along the bypass. I've stood on the pedestrian footbridge at Upton and seen cars doing 100+ and especially motorbikes doing well over 150 mph along this drag strip. I’ve never understood why the police have not put a speed camera there. Not surprised at this accident. The slip road is obscured until you are almost on top of, it due to overgrowing trees and bushes at the side of the road. It is easy to miss the sign for Upton Park which is about 200 metres form the filter exit. Check this out on Google Earth and you will see the trees almost overhanging the road at this spot. The bushes and trees along this whole strait leading to Upton Park need severely cutting back. Drivers might typically be overtaking slower cars (still doggedly observing the 50mph speed limit out of Poole) at 70-120 mph and then pull left in front of these cars at the last second, and swerve across their path to take the Upton slipway at the last possible moment. A tall van or truck can easily obscure the road sign if you are on the outside lane. This junction is a notorious example of poor road planning, a lack of greenery maintenance, and is an accident black spot, due to bad design. I’ve often missed it myself due to overtaking slow cars and had to take the Blandford Road slip road and double back, when my two children were living in Warbler Close Estate which backs onto the bypass. The BMW was doubtless going far too fast, didn’t see the sign, executed above manoeuvre, swerved and braked too late or not hard enough when he saw the taxi on the slip road, clipped it and sent it into the long grass, like a slice shot on a golf fairway. It is an obvious accident waiting to happen at this junction, and the one beyond it to Blandford, where the crash barriers at the end of the ramp have been damaged in the past by boy racers, bombing along and coming off this notorious strait too fast. hmscolljngwood
  • Score: 0

6:17pm Sun 15 Jun 14

hmscolljngwood says...

Slight correction after re-reading the article:

The accident was between the two slip roads on the dual cariageway. Cars coming up the sloping ramp unto the A35 beyond the underpass are invisible until the last second, which is caused by the high level bushes next to the crash barriers on the inside lane of the dual carriageway at the underpass bridge and beyond. Until the last 100 yards before entering the inside lane, these bushes hide cars’ upward ingress from the underpass onto the dual carriageway

The BMW was probably pulling in to take the next ramp, for Blandford Road, after being on the outside lane at 100 mph, just as the taxi was bumbling onto the A35 dial carriageway at a typical 50 mph.

This whole road section is a mess, regardless of the details, and needs to be completely redesigned, with a speed camera strategically placed, I suggest. I am not an advocate for speed cameras unless they demonstrably save lives.

It is an obvious accident waiting to happen at these two junctions. The second one, to Blandford Road, has had the crash barriers at the end of the ramp damaged in the past by boy racers, bombing along and then coming off this notorious strait far too fast. There is barely enough time to brake and stop at the white lines when the typical carriageway speed is 65 mph.
Slight correction after re-reading the article: The accident was between the two slip roads on the dual cariageway. Cars coming up the sloping ramp unto the A35 beyond the underpass are invisible until the last second, which is caused by the high level bushes next to the crash barriers on the inside lane of the dual carriageway at the underpass bridge and beyond. Until the last 100 yards before entering the inside lane, these bushes hide cars’ upward ingress from the underpass onto the dual carriageway The BMW was probably pulling in to take the next ramp, for Blandford Road, after being on the outside lane at 100 mph, just as the taxi was bumbling onto the A35 dial carriageway at a typical 50 mph. This whole road section is a mess, regardless of the details, and needs to be completely redesigned, with a speed camera strategically placed, I suggest. I am not an advocate for speed cameras unless they demonstrably save lives. It is an obvious accident waiting to happen at these two junctions. The second one, to Blandford Road, has had the crash barriers at the end of the ramp damaged in the past by boy racers, bombing along and then coming off this notorious strait far too fast. There is barely enough time to brake and stop at the white lines when the typical carriageway speed is 65 mph. hmscolljngwood
  • Score: 0

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