Two killed after crash between lorry and car on A31

Bournemouth Echo: Serious crash between lorry and car closes part of A31 Serious crash between lorry and car closes part of A31

A MAN and a woman died when their car was involved in a crash with a lorry on a main route in Dorset.

It happened on the A31 east of Bere Regis about 5.20pm on Monday.

Police closed the A31 for several hours between Bere Regis and the Roundhouse Roundabout at Sturminster Marshall.

A man and a woman inside the car were ‘killed instantly’ at the scene.

The road was closed to allow crash scene investigators carry out a detailed examination and for the vehicles to be recovered.

Dorset Police said the collision, east of Red Post, Winterborne Zelston, involved a Scania heavy tractor articulated lorry registered to a company from outside of Dorset and a Fiat car registered to a Dorset motorist.

Motorists faced long delays in the area as police closed the A31 and put diversions in place. Officers urged people to avoid travelling in the area last night as the scene was cleared.

The collision is the 27th fatal crash on Dorset’s roads this year and brings the number of people killed on the roads up to 28. Last year there were 25 fatal crashes.

The road remained closed while officers carried out an investigation at the scene.

Among those caught up in hold-ups were Martin Moore, 38, from Dorchester who said: “These diversions go on for miles. We’ve heard that there’s an incredibly serious accident but no one’s sure exactly where or what’s happened.”

Mike Griffin, chairman of the Lower Winterborne Group Parish Council, said news of the double fatal was ‘very sad’.

He added: “There seem to be a lot of accidents, minor and major, along the stretch of road from the Red Post to the World’s End pub where there is a 40mph speed limit.

“I’ve seen the air ambulance there before.

“This is obviously a very sad incident especially to hear two people have died.”

A staff member at The World’s End pub and restaurant, located on the A31, said motorists had been stopping by to avoid sitting in the mounting traffic.

She said: “We are normally quiet on a Tuesday but the traffic build up meant we had more people coming in because of the huge queues.”

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8:02pm Mon 9 Dec 13

rich53 says...

Why?do sad things always happen at christmas, r.i.p.
Why?do sad things always happen at christmas, r.i.p. rich53

8:41pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Corfebird says...

So very sad fir all involved RIP
So very sad fir all involved RIP Corfebird

9:23pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Chris the plumber says...

so sad as this place has had so many deaths and they are still happening in this the 21st century. this road has a 40 mph limit and we are still getting people killed, regardless who or what is to blame maybe its time for 30 max.
so sad as this place has had so many deaths and they are still happening in this the 21st century. this road has a 40 mph limit and we are still getting people killed, regardless who or what is to blame maybe its time for 30 max. Chris the plumber

9:59pm Mon 9 Dec 13

hooplaa says...

She said: “We are normally quiet on a Tuesday
She said: “We are normally quiet on a Tuesday hooplaa

10:07pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Just_Sayin' says...

Perhaps your journalist would be so kind as to remove the last section regards increased trade for the pub as a result of this horrific incident. How utterly insensitive.
Thoughts to those involved.
Perhaps your journalist would be so kind as to remove the last section regards increased trade for the pub as a result of this horrific incident. How utterly insensitive. Thoughts to those involved. Just_Sayin'

10:09pm Mon 9 Dec 13

hooplaa says...

Daily newspaper of the year...
Daily newspaper of the year... hooplaa

11:21pm Mon 9 Dec 13

grazzer says...

Maybe Chris the plumber should find out at what speeds vehicles were doing in previous accidents along this road before calling for a further reduction in speed limits.as excess speed is only responsible for death or serious in 18% of cases.ln other words 82% of these accidents are NOT caused by excess speed so if we are really interested in road safety we should be looking at the underlying causes of these accidents.l suppose we could reduce the limit to 30 then if the accidents continue we could always reduce the limit to 20 and then to 10 mph
Maybe Chris the plumber should find out at what speeds vehicles were doing in previous accidents along this road before calling for a further reduction in speed limits.as excess speed is only responsible for death or serious in 18% of cases.ln other words 82% of these accidents are NOT caused by excess speed so if we are really interested in road safety we should be looking at the underlying causes of these accidents.l suppose we could reduce the limit to 30 then if the accidents continue we could always reduce the limit to 20 and then to 10 mph grazzer

4:13am Tue 10 Dec 13

gerbil112 says...

grazzer wrote:
Maybe Chris the plumber should find out at what speeds vehicles were doing in previous accidents along this road before calling for a further reduction in speed limits.as excess speed is only responsible for death or serious in 18% of cases.ln other words 82% of these accidents are NOT caused by excess speed so if we are really interested in road safety we should be looking at the underlying causes of these accidents.l suppose we could reduce the limit to 30 then if the accidents continue we could always reduce the limit to 20 and then to 10 mph
Speed may well not be the cause of the collision, it's the effect that the speed has on the outcome for those involved in the collision. However, travelling faster does mean that quicker reactions are needed when the unexpected happens. There is less time and distance to react (brake, manoeuvre) before the collision takes place and therefore the vehicles are travelling faster at the point of collision.
[quote][p][bold]grazzer[/bold] wrote: Maybe Chris the plumber should find out at what speeds vehicles were doing in previous accidents along this road before calling for a further reduction in speed limits.as excess speed is only responsible for death or serious in 18% of cases.ln other words 82% of these accidents are NOT caused by excess speed so if we are really interested in road safety we should be looking at the underlying causes of these accidents.l suppose we could reduce the limit to 30 then if the accidents continue we could always reduce the limit to 20 and then to 10 mph[/p][/quote]Speed may well not be the cause of the collision, it's the effect that the speed has on the outcome for those involved in the collision. However, travelling faster does mean that quicker reactions are needed when the unexpected happens. There is less time and distance to react (brake, manoeuvre) before the collision takes place and therefore the vehicles are travelling faster at the point of collision. gerbil112

11:01am Tue 10 Dec 13

dorsetspeed says...

Although this may not be the correct place / time to debate speed limits, it is important that in the interest of making these terrible events less frequent, that the kind of simplistic nonsense we see from gerbil above does not go unchallenged. What speed does your "the lower your speed the less it hurts" algorithm tell us what speed limits should be? If you can't work it out, I'll tell you: ZERO. Our safest roads are the fastest. For goodness sake, we have seen vast numbers of absurd speed limit reductions, widespread awareness of "no excuse" and vast numbers of Dorset drivers sent on courses and roads deaths are on a steady increase. When will people start to realise that flogging the dead "speed" horse really is completely pointless and that we must return to proper roads policing motivated by casualty reduction, not financial profit.
Although this may not be the correct place / time to debate speed limits, it is important that in the interest of making these terrible events less frequent, that the kind of simplistic nonsense we see from gerbil above does not go unchallenged. What speed does your "the lower your speed the less it hurts" algorithm tell us what speed limits should be? If you can't work it out, I'll tell you: ZERO. Our safest roads are the fastest. For goodness sake, we have seen vast numbers of absurd speed limit reductions, widespread awareness of "no excuse" and vast numbers of Dorset drivers sent on courses and roads deaths are on a steady increase. When will people start to realise that flogging the dead "speed" horse really is completely pointless and that we must return to proper roads policing motivated by casualty reduction, not financial profit. dorsetspeed

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