A31 bike victim is 31-year-old man from Bournemouth

A31 bike victim is 31-year-old man from Bournemouth

A31 bike victim is 31-year-old man from Bournemouth

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Police are continuing their appeal after a motorcyclist died in a collision on the A31 near Ringwood last night.

Shortly after 6.15pm, two motorcyclists were involved in a collision with a horse on the westbound carriageway at Picket Post.

One of the riders, a 31-year-old man from Bournemouth, was taken by ambulance to Bournemouth Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The other rider, a 47-year-old man from Broadstone, was taken by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital with serious, but not life threatening, injuries where he remains.

The horse died at the scene.

Both riders had been held in a queue of traffic while police initially responded to reports of a horse loose on the carriageway.

Officers were advising motorists to proceed with caution regarding the possibility of animals in the carriageway.

This element of the incident has been referred by Hampshire Constabulary to the Independent Police Complaints Commission and they are awaiting its decision on how this will be investigating.

Superintendent Chris Brown said: "This was a very tragic incident, and our thoughts today are with the family of the motorcyclist who died and with the motorcyclist who remains in hospital.

"We understand how difficult and frustrating it can be to be stuck in traffic whilst incidents such as this are dealt with, and we would like to thank motorists for their patience while we responded to the incident which involved a comprehensive investigation and an extremely complex scene.

"The decision to close a road, particularly a main road such as the A31, is never taken lightly, and I appreciate the disruption this caused. We sent all available officers to the scene swiftly, and they worked hard to get the scene moving as soon as possible, including turning vehicles round and providing police-led relief diversions.

“We also took the very unusual step of re-opening a lane of the carriageway many hours before the road fully re-opened, whilst keeping the other lanes closed in order to conduct a full road death investigation. This decision was made purely to get traffic flowing, ease congestion and help frustrated motorists progress on their journey.

“This was a very complicated scene. We were dealing with what looked at the time to be a potential double fatal and the death of a horse on a main road, all of which has to be recovered with great care and diligence, and the scene forensically examined.

“The reality is that it is unavoidably time consuming, and the logistics and geography of this part of the A31 meant that the consequent impact to that road and the motorists that use it are huge.

“Our officers at the scene were 100 per cent focussed on clearing the scene as swiftly as possible. Road death investigations are by their nature very thorough and detailed, to prepare a file for any potential criminal proceedings, a file for the coroner, and vitally, we owe that as a duty of care to the family of the victim.

“Road traffic alerts were quickly issued on local radio detailing the road closure, and social media was updated, but at that time on a week night, a large volume of traffic is always going to be caught up in the area and unable to avoid the tailbacks.

“We will look to see whether there are any other methods we can use to enhance our system of communicating with drivers caught up in such tailbacks outside of conventional media.

“Our investigation continues, and we would ask anyone with information about this collision and who has not yet spoken to us, to please contact us now.”

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to contact the Road Death Investigation team at Eastleigh, quoting Operation Hedingham, on 101.

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5:01pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Tig says...

Very sad.
Very sad. Tig
  • Score: 22

7:03pm Thu 23 Jan 14

rayc says...

I have sympathy for the Police Officers who attended. It must have been very difficult in the dark with hundreds of car lights to dazzle and reports of a horse on the carriageway. They were dammed if they shut the whole road until it was either captured or left the road and now will be damned for allowing the traffic to move with caution where it appears this tragedy took place.
Not everything in life is black and white and there does not have to be somebody to blame in every incident that happens. It is easy to write this on a keyboard in a nice warm room and it would have been much harder to control events out on the road yesterday evening.
I have sympathy for the Police Officers who attended. It must have been very difficult in the dark with hundreds of car lights to dazzle and reports of a horse on the carriageway. They were dammed if they shut the whole road until it was either captured or left the road and now will be damned for allowing the traffic to move with caution where it appears this tragedy took place. Not everything in life is black and white and there does not have to be somebody to blame in every incident that happens. It is easy to write this on a keyboard in a nice warm room and it would have been much harder to control events out on the road yesterday evening. rayc
  • Score: 78

8:27pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Reader Echo says...

“Road traffic alerts were quickly issued on local radio detailing the road closure”.

Absolute load of rubbish and lies!

I joined the tailback around 7pm on the M27. Nothing was displayed on the large displays before Junction 2 and only a 50mph limit on the smaller displays just before the tailback.

No meaningful information was given out on the useless radio stations until at least 7.15pm on the stations I was listening to.

I feel the police should have relayed simple information to the radio stations such as: ‘the A31 westbound is closed from the M27 Junction 1’ long before the chaos. At least one could take alternative routes.
“Road traffic alerts were quickly issued on local radio detailing the road closure”. Absolute load of rubbish and lies! I joined the tailback around 7pm on the M27. Nothing was displayed on the large displays before Junction 2 and only a 50mph limit on the smaller displays just before the tailback. No meaningful information was given out on the useless radio stations until at least 7.15pm on the stations I was listening to. I feel the police should have relayed simple information to the radio stations such as: ‘the A31 westbound is closed from the M27 Junction 1’ long before the chaos. At least one could take alternative routes. Reader Echo
  • Score: -14

9:59pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Peggy Babcock says...

Reader Echo wrote:
“Road traffic alerts were quickly issued on local radio detailing the road closure”.

Absolute load of rubbish and lies!

I joined the tailback around 7pm on the M27. Nothing was displayed on the large displays before Junction 2 and only a 50mph limit on the smaller displays just before the tailback.

No meaningful information was given out on the useless radio stations until at least 7.15pm on the stations I was listening to.

I feel the police should have relayed simple information to the radio stations such as: ‘the A31 westbound is closed from the M27 Junction 1’ long before the chaos. At least one could take alternative routes.
And of course you would have done such a better job as you are 'Captain Hindsight'...
[quote][p][bold]Reader Echo[/bold] wrote: “Road traffic alerts were quickly issued on local radio detailing the road closure”. Absolute load of rubbish and lies! I joined the tailback around 7pm on the M27. Nothing was displayed on the large displays before Junction 2 and only a 50mph limit on the smaller displays just before the tailback. No meaningful information was given out on the useless radio stations until at least 7.15pm on the stations I was listening to. I feel the police should have relayed simple information to the radio stations such as: ‘the A31 westbound is closed from the M27 Junction 1’ long before the chaos. At least one could take alternative routes.[/p][/quote]And of course you would have done such a better job as you are 'Captain Hindsight'... Peggy Babcock
  • Score: 16

10:30pm Thu 23 Jan 14

ProudVegan says...

Whilst I am no doctor I'm a little saddened to read that the poor man that lost his life was taken by ambulance to Bournemouth hospital, I wondered why he wasn't taken to Southampton if his injuries were so serious he unfortunately lost his life. Was Bournemouth closer? Thoughts and prayers to his family at this tragic time
Whilst I am no doctor I'm a little saddened to read that the poor man that lost his life was taken by ambulance to Bournemouth hospital, I wondered why he wasn't taken to Southampton if his injuries were so serious he unfortunately lost his life. Was Bournemouth closer? Thoughts and prayers to his family at this tragic time ProudVegan
  • Score: -11

10:43pm Thu 23 Jan 14

hooplaa says...

Reader Echo wrote:
“Road traffic alerts were quickly issued on local radio detailing the road closure”.

Absolute load of rubbish and lies!

I joined the tailback around 7pm on the M27. Nothing was displayed on the large displays before Junction 2 and only a 50mph limit on the smaller displays just before the tailback.

No meaningful information was given out on the useless radio stations until at least 7.15pm on the stations I was listening to.

I feel the police should have relayed simple information to the radio stations such as: ‘the A31 westbound is closed from the M27 Junction 1’ long before the chaos. At least one could take alternative routes.
Relaying information to the 'useless' radio stations is the last thing on their minds when they are dealing with a serious incident!
Did you want them to hold your hand and babysit you while you were waiting?!
[quote][p][bold]Reader Echo[/bold] wrote: “Road traffic alerts were quickly issued on local radio detailing the road closure”. Absolute load of rubbish and lies! I joined the tailback around 7pm on the M27. Nothing was displayed on the large displays before Junction 2 and only a 50mph limit on the smaller displays just before the tailback. No meaningful information was given out on the useless radio stations until at least 7.15pm on the stations I was listening to. I feel the police should have relayed simple information to the radio stations such as: ‘the A31 westbound is closed from the M27 Junction 1’ long before the chaos. At least one could take alternative routes.[/p][/quote]Relaying information to the 'useless' radio stations is the last thing on their minds when they are dealing with a serious incident! Did you want them to hold your hand and babysit you while you were waiting?! hooplaa
  • Score: 19

10:57pm Thu 23 Jan 14

Abc1970 says...

ProudVegan wrote:
Whilst I am no doctor I'm a little saddened to read that the poor man that lost his life was taken by ambulance to Bournemouth hospital, I wondered why he wasn't taken to Southampton if his injuries were so serious he unfortunately lost his life. Was Bournemouth closer? Thoughts and prayers to his family at this tragic time
Given that this accident was westbound just before ringwood, bournemouth was the closer and easier hospital as it would have meant driving further west in order to turn round and therefore make the journey even longer. I know what you are saying about Southampton, but I'm sure the ambulance service know more than we do and there was good reason to get to the closest hospital. I know ambulances are extremely well equipped these days and paramedics are very well trained but I guess there is only so much they can do out of hospital
[quote][p][bold]ProudVegan[/bold] wrote: Whilst I am no doctor I'm a little saddened to read that the poor man that lost his life was taken by ambulance to Bournemouth hospital, I wondered why he wasn't taken to Southampton if his injuries were so serious he unfortunately lost his life. Was Bournemouth closer? Thoughts and prayers to his family at this tragic time[/p][/quote]Given that this accident was westbound just before ringwood, bournemouth was the closer and easier hospital as it would have meant driving further west in order to turn round and therefore make the journey even longer. I know what you are saying about Southampton, but I'm sure the ambulance service know more than we do and there was good reason to get to the closest hospital. I know ambulances are extremely well equipped these days and paramedics are very well trained but I guess there is only so much they can do out of hospital Abc1970
  • Score: 22

11:41pm Thu 23 Jan 14

scrumpyjack says...

rayc wrote:
I have sympathy for the Police Officers who attended. It must have been very difficult in the dark with hundreds of car lights to dazzle and reports of a horse on the carriageway. They were dammed if they shut the whole road until it was either captured or left the road and now will be damned for allowing the traffic to move with caution where it appears this tragedy took place.
Not everything in life is black and white and there does not have to be somebody to blame in every incident that happens. It is easy to write this on a keyboard in a nice warm room and it would have been much harder to control events out on the road yesterday evening.
Really good post IMO.
[quote][p][bold]rayc[/bold] wrote: I have sympathy for the Police Officers who attended. It must have been very difficult in the dark with hundreds of car lights to dazzle and reports of a horse on the carriageway. They were dammed if they shut the whole road until it was either captured or left the road and now will be damned for allowing the traffic to move with caution where it appears this tragedy took place. Not everything in life is black and white and there does not have to be somebody to blame in every incident that happens. It is easy to write this on a keyboard in a nice warm room and it would have been much harder to control events out on the road yesterday evening.[/p][/quote]Really good post IMO. scrumpyjack
  • Score: 21

12:07am Fri 24 Jan 14

winstonian says...

Reader Echo wrote:
“Road traffic alerts were quickly issued on local radio detailing the road closure”.

Absolute load of rubbish and lies!

I joined the tailback around 7pm on the M27. Nothing was displayed on the large displays before Junction 2 and only a 50mph limit on the smaller displays just before the tailback.

No meaningful information was given out on the useless radio stations until at least 7.15pm on the stations I was listening to.

I feel the police should have relayed simple information to the radio stations such as: ‘the A31 westbound is closed from the M27 Junction 1’ long before the chaos. At least one could take alternative routes.
Local Radio was giving out reports of a loose horse as early as 6pm, I was at the scene at 6.25 heading east and Wave 105 were constantly updating.
[quote][p][bold]Reader Echo[/bold] wrote: “Road traffic alerts were quickly issued on local radio detailing the road closure”. Absolute load of rubbish and lies! I joined the tailback around 7pm on the M27. Nothing was displayed on the large displays before Junction 2 and only a 50mph limit on the smaller displays just before the tailback. No meaningful information was given out on the useless radio stations until at least 7.15pm on the stations I was listening to. I feel the police should have relayed simple information to the radio stations such as: ‘the A31 westbound is closed from the M27 Junction 1’ long before the chaos. At least one could take alternative routes.[/p][/quote]Local Radio was giving out reports of a loose horse as early as 6pm, I was at the scene at 6.25 heading east and Wave 105 were constantly updating. winstonian
  • Score: 13

1:02am Fri 24 Jan 14

Ginny nz says...

Wether signs were posted or not , it just goes to show that patience is a vertue .Nothing is so urgent ( except an emergency ) to lose your life over . Very sad : (
Wether signs were posted or not , it just goes to show that patience is a vertue .Nothing is so urgent ( except an emergency ) to lose your life over . Very sad : ( Ginny nz
  • Score: 9

10:41am Fri 24 Jan 14

High Treason says...

So easy to blame the police and I am sure the moaners on here would have run around like headless chickens, unable to handle such a serious situation in the dark. Maybe they should have a plan in place for such incidents. Mark a section of the crash barrier at either end of the dual carriage way and make it removable to allow traffic to use the other side of the carriage way.
So easy to blame the police and I am sure the moaners on here would have run around like headless chickens, unable to handle such a serious situation in the dark. Maybe they should have a plan in place for such incidents. Mark a section of the crash barrier at either end of the dual carriage way and make it removable to allow traffic to use the other side of the carriage way. High Treason
  • Score: 2

11:10am Fri 24 Jan 14

ProudVegan says...

Abc1970 wrote:
ProudVegan wrote:
Whilst I am no doctor I'm a little saddened to read that the poor man that lost his life was taken by ambulance to Bournemouth hospital, I wondered why he wasn't taken to Southampton if his injuries were so serious he unfortunately lost his life. Was Bournemouth closer? Thoughts and prayers to his family at this tragic time
Given that this accident was westbound just before ringwood, bournemouth was the closer and easier hospital as it would have meant driving further west in order to turn round and therefore make the journey even longer. I know what you are saying about Southampton, but I'm sure the ambulance service know more than we do and there was good reason to get to the closest hospital. I know ambulances are extremely well equipped these days and paramedics are very well trained but I guess there is only so much they can do out of hospital
Ifs good to hear I wasn't sure where abouts the accident was so wasn't sure if it was nearer to Bournemouth or Southampton or right in the middle, I suppose my "wondering" was because one man went to Bournemouth and the other southampton
[quote][p][bold]Abc1970[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ProudVegan[/bold] wrote: Whilst I am no doctor I'm a little saddened to read that the poor man that lost his life was taken by ambulance to Bournemouth hospital, I wondered why he wasn't taken to Southampton if his injuries were so serious he unfortunately lost his life. Was Bournemouth closer? Thoughts and prayers to his family at this tragic time[/p][/quote]Given that this accident was westbound just before ringwood, bournemouth was the closer and easier hospital as it would have meant driving further west in order to turn round and therefore make the journey even longer. I know what you are saying about Southampton, but I'm sure the ambulance service know more than we do and there was good reason to get to the closest hospital. I know ambulances are extremely well equipped these days and paramedics are very well trained but I guess there is only so much they can do out of hospital[/p][/quote]Ifs good to hear I wasn't sure where abouts the accident was so wasn't sure if it was nearer to Bournemouth or Southampton or right in the middle, I suppose my "wondering" was because one man went to Bournemouth and the other southampton ProudVegan
  • Score: 1

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