UPDATED: One person killed and major road closed throughout the night following serious crash

CRASH: The scene at Red Post this evening

CRASH: The scene at Red Post this evening

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ONE person was killed last night after a second horror crash on Dorset roads in the past 48 hours.

The A31 east of Bere Regis was closed for much of the night following the three-vehicle collision, which took place just before 6pm yesterday.

The emergency services were called to Red Post, Winterborne Zelston following the crash, which was reported by a member of public.

The incident comes just two days after 18-year-old Paul Warne from Boscombe was killed in a crash near Ringwood.

A Dorset Police spokesperson said a blue Subaru car overtook an HGV and collided with a Skoda car travelling in the opposite direction.

The two casualties most seriously injured were taken to Poole Hospital, where one later died, while a third was last night recovering at the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester.

A total of 13 police officers, three ambulances and four fire engines were on the scene at the height of the incident, which involved a black Mercedes CLS 350 registered to a Poole keeper, the Subaru Impreza registered to a Somerset keeper and a grey Skoda Fabia registered to a Wimborne keeper.

At around 7.20pm, Dorset Police Control Room Supervisor Len Vickery said: “Emergency services are currently dealing with a very serious collision on the A31 between Winterborne Zelston and Bere Regis.

“The road will remain closed for several hours.”

Later that night, Bob Humphries of the force said the collision occurred after the male driver of the Subaru tried to overtake an HGV while both vehicles were travelling on the westbound carriageway.

He said the Subaru then struck another vehicle, a Skoda driven by a local man.

The Subaru struck a third vehicle - the Mercedes - which ended up in a ditch, he said.

The driver of the Mercedes was uninjured and the driver of the Subaru was taken to hospital after receiving minor injuries, but both of those in the Skoda were seriously injured.

One later died.

The Control Room Supervisor said a small green car is believed to have been "inconvenienced" in the crash and appealed for its driver to contact officers.

The Subaru driver is helping police with their enquiries, he said.

A stretch of the road remained shut to traffic both ways between the Roundhouse Roundabout to the east and the Bere Regis roundabout to the west.

The officer added: “Police investigators are asking for any witnesses to call them on 101.

“We are particularly keen to speak with a witness in a small green car that was travelling towards Wimborne and may have seen part of this incident, which would have been about 5.50pm to 5.54pm.”

Motorists were diverted on to the A35 and A350 and the usually-busy main road remained almost silent throughout the rainy and cold night.

Jade Inness, duty manager at the World’s End pub in Almer, said: “We knew the road was closed, but we haven’t heard what’s going on.

“There’s often a crash on this stretch of road, so it’s awful to hear about one again.”

To speak to Dorset Police, call 101 with incident number 368 of March 24.

Full police statement

A Dorset Police spokesman said: “On Monday, March 24, at 8.14pm, on the A31 between Winterborne Zelston and Bere Regis, a fatal road traffic collision occurred.

“A blue Subaru car driven by a male from Somerset overtook an articulated HGV travelling west and during the course of this overtaking manoeuvre has collided with a vehicle travelling east.

“The vehicle hit, a Skoda vehicle, was pushed of the road and the driver suffered fatal injuries as a result.

“The Subaru spun into another car travelling east, a Mercedes driven by a local man. That spun off the road into a roadside ditch.

“There were two passengers in the Skoda vehicle and both suffered serious injuries, the Subaru driver suffered minor injuries only, and the Mercedes driver was uninjured.

“The Subaru driver is helping police with their inquiries, after having received hospital treatment.

“Police believe that during the initial overtaking by the Subaru another vehicle may have been inconvenienced, a small green hatchback style car. Police are very keen to speak to this driver as he may have valuable information.

“Dorset Police would like to thank all the people who were inconvenienced by this collision, while the road was closed for a full forensic collision investigation.

“Dorset Police traffic department would also like to hear from any witnesses to the collision and would encourage them to call in on the telephone number 101, and ask for PC 1294 Smith from the traffic department at Poole.”

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7:46pm Mon 24 Mar 14

PokesdownMark says...

Do the echo publish car details before next of kin are notified? If not, seems like there is potential for unwarranted distress to be caused to people with loved ones with same cars that travel same route.
Do the echo publish car details before next of kin are notified? If not, seems like there is potential for unwarranted distress to be caused to people with loved ones with same cars that travel same route. PokesdownMark
  • Score: 28

7:58pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Bournemouth Ohec says...

PokesdownMark wrote:
Do the echo publish car details before next of kin are notified? If not, seems like there is potential for unwarranted distress to be caused to people with loved ones with same cars that travel same route.
That's a very good point.
[quote][p][bold]PokesdownMark[/bold] wrote: Do the echo publish car details before next of kin are notified? If not, seems like there is potential for unwarranted distress to be caused to people with loved ones with same cars that travel same route.[/p][/quote]That's a very good point. Bournemouth Ohec
  • Score: 10

8:11pm Mon 24 Mar 14

The Liberal says...

What is it with that stretch of road? There seem to be have been quite a few serious accidents along it.
What is it with that stretch of road? There seem to be have been quite a few serious accidents along it. The Liberal
  • Score: 23

8:21pm Mon 24 Mar 14

carrrob says...

The Liberal wrote:
What is it with that stretch of road? There seem to be have been quite a few serious accidents along it.
Yes exactly cannot work it out they have spent millions on it to improve it to!
[quote][p][bold]The Liberal[/bold] wrote: What is it with that stretch of road? There seem to be have been quite a few serious accidents along it.[/p][/quote]Yes exactly cannot work it out they have spent millions on it to improve it to! carrrob
  • Score: 16

8:58pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Matthew_Y says...

PokesdownMark wrote:
Do the echo publish car details before next of kin are notified? If not, seems like there is potential for unwarranted distress to be caused to people with loved ones with same cars that travel same route.
I disagree. I feel it gives those of us with loved ones who travel a given route in a similar car the opportunity to make sure they are OK (assuming, hopefully, that they are not involved), whilst allowing the vast majority of readers to breathe a sigh of relief.
[quote][p][bold]PokesdownMark[/bold] wrote: Do the echo publish car details before next of kin are notified? If not, seems like there is potential for unwarranted distress to be caused to people with loved ones with same cars that travel same route.[/p][/quote]I disagree. I feel it gives those of us with loved ones who travel a given route in a similar car the opportunity to make sure they are OK (assuming, hopefully, that they are not involved), whilst allowing the vast majority of readers to breathe a sigh of relief. Matthew_Y
  • Score: 24

9:04pm Mon 24 Mar 14

wiltshireboy says...

WAS It raining at the time the crash took place?got darker earlier tonight .did cars etc. have dipped head lights? Its mostly speed & and driveing against the conditions that's a factor in so many smashes.
WAS It raining at the time the crash took place?got darker earlier tonight .did cars etc. have dipped head lights? Its mostly speed & and driveing against the conditions that's a factor in so many smashes. wiltshireboy
  • Score: -14

10:46pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Yankee1 says...

Isn't it past time that stretch of road is either 1) limited to 40 mph with speed cameras or 2) upgraded to the same standard it is west of Bere?

I cannot image it cannot be widened into a dual carriageway.
Isn't it past time that stretch of road is either 1) limited to 40 mph with speed cameras or 2) upgraded to the same standard it is west of Bere? I cannot image it cannot be widened into a dual carriageway. Yankee1
  • Score: -21

10:55pm Mon 24 Mar 14

hooplaa says...

wiltshireboy wrote:
WAS It raining at the time the crash took place?got darker earlier tonight .did cars etc. have dipped head lights? Its mostly speed & and driveing against the conditions that's a factor in so many smashes.
You should work for the crash investigation team, you would solve every case!
[quote][p][bold]wiltshireboy[/bold] wrote: WAS It raining at the time the crash took place?got darker earlier tonight .did cars etc. have dipped head lights? Its mostly speed & and driveing against the conditions that's a factor in so many smashes.[/p][/quote]You should work for the crash investigation team, you would solve every case! hooplaa
  • Score: 5

12:24am Tue 25 Mar 14

your having a laugh111 says...

The road is safe unfortunately some of the drivers are not. I have travelled up and down this road going to work, I have seen many near misses where people try overtaking on blind bends in the dark when cars are aproaching . mobile cameras are regular but more needs to be done to stop the dangerous driving along here. I hope the other injured people are OK. Another very sad story.
The road is safe unfortunately some of the drivers are not. I have travelled up and down this road going to work, I have seen many near misses where people try overtaking on blind bends in the dark when cars are aproaching . mobile cameras are regular but more needs to be done to stop the dangerous driving along here. I hope the other injured people are OK. Another very sad story. your having a laugh111
  • Score: 47

2:22am Tue 25 Mar 14

Lucy28 says...

Thoughts are with the families of the two people in the Skoda.
Thoughts are with the families of the two people in the Skoda. Lucy28
  • Score: 30

6:37am Tue 25 Mar 14

tbpoole says...

hooplaa wrote:
wiltshireboy wrote:
WAS It raining at the time the crash took place?got darker earlier tonight .did cars etc. have dipped head lights? Its mostly speed & and driveing against the conditions that's a factor in so many smashes.
You should work for the crash investigation team, you would solve every case!
Yes but what he says will probably turn out to be correct IMO.
[quote][p][bold]hooplaa[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wiltshireboy[/bold] wrote: WAS It raining at the time the crash took place?got darker earlier tonight .did cars etc. have dipped head lights? Its mostly speed & and driveing against the conditions that's a factor in so many smashes.[/p][/quote]You should work for the crash investigation team, you would solve every case![/p][/quote]Yes but what he says will probably turn out to be correct IMO. tbpoole
  • Score: -1

7:47am Tue 25 Mar 14

hooplaa says...

Sends a strong message to people who insist on driving carelessly

Someone is dead now and all for what? Nothing!

RIP
Sends a strong message to people who insist on driving carelessly Someone is dead now and all for what? Nothing! RIP hooplaa
  • Score: 54

8:04am Tue 25 Mar 14

Bonkeydollocks says...

The Liberal wrote:
What is it with that stretch of road? There seem to be have been quite a few serious accidents along it.
It is hopelessy out-of-date for today's traffic volumes. It is well known that a road changing from fast dual-carriageway, back to single lane with bends and speed changes and then back to dual-carriageway is an added danger.

This describes perfectly the A31 through Dorset. Fast dual carriageway at Ashley Heath, then multilple roundabouts and 20 miles of ancient single carriageway with twists and bends to Bere Regis. From the west, the A35 has 10 miles of modern dual-carriageway before turning into the ancient A31 through to Ashley Heath as described above.

The road is a joke for today's traffic volumes. As the accident rate shows.
[quote][p][bold]The Liberal[/bold] wrote: What is it with that stretch of road? There seem to be have been quite a few serious accidents along it.[/p][/quote]It is hopelessy out-of-date for today's traffic volumes. It is well known that a road changing from fast dual-carriageway, back to single lane with bends and speed changes and then back to dual-carriageway is an added danger. This describes perfectly the A31 through Dorset. Fast dual carriageway at Ashley Heath, then multilple roundabouts and 20 miles of ancient single carriageway with twists and bends to Bere Regis. From the west, the A35 has 10 miles of modern dual-carriageway before turning into the ancient A31 through to Ashley Heath as described above. The road is a joke for today's traffic volumes. As the accident rate shows. Bonkeydollocks
  • Score: -2

8:12am Tue 25 Mar 14

Wackerone says...

your having a laugh111 wrote:
The road is safe unfortunately some of the drivers are not. I have travelled up and down this road going to work, I have seen many near misses where people try overtaking on blind bends in the dark when cars are aproaching . mobile cameras are regular but more needs to be done to stop the dangerous driving along here. I hope the other injured people are OK. Another very sad story.
Exactly, nothing wrong with the road. One can never account for idiots and here we have another one who has killed a totally innocent party and seriously injured another. Having said this, there is not a main road in Dorset that is fit for purpose but that dosn't mean to say that we have to drive around like clowns.
[quote][p][bold]your having a laugh111[/bold] wrote: The road is safe unfortunately some of the drivers are not. I have travelled up and down this road going to work, I have seen many near misses where people try overtaking on blind bends in the dark when cars are aproaching . mobile cameras are regular but more needs to be done to stop the dangerous driving along here. I hope the other injured people are OK. Another very sad story.[/p][/quote]Exactly, nothing wrong with the road. One can never account for idiots and here we have another one who has killed a totally innocent party and seriously injured another. Having said this, there is not a main road in Dorset that is fit for purpose but that dosn't mean to say that we have to drive around like clowns. Wackerone
  • Score: 31

8:27am Tue 25 Mar 14

rayc says...

your having a laugh111 wrote:
The road is safe unfortunately some of the drivers are not. I have travelled up and down this road going to work, I have seen many near misses where people try overtaking on blind bends in the dark when cars are aproaching . mobile cameras are regular but more needs to be done to stop the dangerous driving along here. I hope the other injured people are OK. Another very sad story.
Of course the road is not inherently unsafe but it appears from the photo that this accident took place at the change side point of the solid white line.The lorry was limited to 46mph and with the road markings as they appear in the photo so something other than just exceeding the speed limit of 60mph seems to have occurred ? Mobile Speed Camera enforcement takes place in the 40mph limit but I doubt that it takes place outside it and I also doubt in any event that the speed limit at the collision point was being exceeded.
Perhaps a bit of Engineering on this road may help, possibly even double white lines all the way to Bere Regis. It cannot be a coincidence that the A31 and A35 westwards towards Bere Regis are the most dangerous roads in Dorset. More speed cameras cannot be the answer to these random collisions and more intelligent led solutions than that are required.
[quote][p][bold]your having a laugh111[/bold] wrote: The road is safe unfortunately some of the drivers are not. I have travelled up and down this road going to work, I have seen many near misses where people try overtaking on blind bends in the dark when cars are aproaching . mobile cameras are regular but more needs to be done to stop the dangerous driving along here. I hope the other injured people are OK. Another very sad story.[/p][/quote]Of course the road is not inherently unsafe but it appears from the photo that this accident took place at the change side point of the solid white line.The lorry was limited to 46mph and with the road markings as they appear in the photo so something other than just exceeding the speed limit of 60mph seems to have occurred ? Mobile Speed Camera enforcement takes place in the 40mph limit but I doubt that it takes place outside it and I also doubt in any event that the speed limit at the collision point was being exceeded. Perhaps a bit of Engineering on this road may help, possibly even double white lines all the way to Bere Regis. It cannot be a coincidence that the A31 and A35 westwards towards Bere Regis are the most dangerous roads in Dorset. More speed cameras cannot be the answer to these random collisions and more intelligent led solutions than that are required. rayc
  • Score: 6

8:31am Tue 25 Mar 14

Huey says...

rayc wrote:
your having a laugh111 wrote:
The road is safe unfortunately some of the drivers are not. I have travelled up and down this road going to work, I have seen many near misses where people try overtaking on blind bends in the dark when cars are aproaching . mobile cameras are regular but more needs to be done to stop the dangerous driving along here. I hope the other injured people are OK. Another very sad story.
Of course the road is not inherently unsafe but it appears from the photo that this accident took place at the change side point of the solid white line.The lorry was limited to 46mph and with the road markings as they appear in the photo so something other than just exceeding the speed limit of 60mph seems to have occurred ? Mobile Speed Camera enforcement takes place in the 40mph limit but I doubt that it takes place outside it and I also doubt in any event that the speed limit at the collision point was being exceeded.
Perhaps a bit of Engineering on this road may help, possibly even double white lines all the way to Bere Regis. It cannot be a coincidence that the A31 and A35 westwards towards Bere Regis are the most dangerous roads in Dorset. More speed cameras cannot be the answer to these random collisions and more intelligent led solutions than that are required.
Driver awareness and ability is inadequate. The roads aren't great but if people cannot drive to the conditions then they simply shouldn't be on the roads.
[quote][p][bold]rayc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]your having a laugh111[/bold] wrote: The road is safe unfortunately some of the drivers are not. I have travelled up and down this road going to work, I have seen many near misses where people try overtaking on blind bends in the dark when cars are aproaching . mobile cameras are regular but more needs to be done to stop the dangerous driving along here. I hope the other injured people are OK. Another very sad story.[/p][/quote]Of course the road is not inherently unsafe but it appears from the photo that this accident took place at the change side point of the solid white line.The lorry was limited to 46mph and with the road markings as they appear in the photo so something other than just exceeding the speed limit of 60mph seems to have occurred ? Mobile Speed Camera enforcement takes place in the 40mph limit but I doubt that it takes place outside it and I also doubt in any event that the speed limit at the collision point was being exceeded. Perhaps a bit of Engineering on this road may help, possibly even double white lines all the way to Bere Regis. It cannot be a coincidence that the A31 and A35 westwards towards Bere Regis are the most dangerous roads in Dorset. More speed cameras cannot be the answer to these random collisions and more intelligent led solutions than that are required.[/p][/quote]Driver awareness and ability is inadequate. The roads aren't great but if people cannot drive to the conditions then they simply shouldn't be on the roads. Huey
  • Score: 23

8:38am Tue 25 Mar 14

mgibbs says...

I don't usually like to comment on articles like this, but I have to take issue with those criticising the road, or demanding a lower speed limit. It is a sad fact that this accident was caused by one drivers impatience and foolishness. There is nothing wrong with the layout of this road, there are hundreds of thousands of miles of single carriageway roads in the country, very similar to this section of the A31 that have nowhere near as high an accident rate. Lowering the speed limit would not have prevented this accident. The lorry would have been restricted to 40mph on this section of the road, which is probably what would have caused the Subaru driver to become impatient. Given the fact that he overtook the HGV, without being able to see past it, and in a place where overtaking is prohibited, due to an unbroken carriageway dividing line, it is not very likely that the driver would have obeyed whatever speed limit was posted. I feel desperately sorry for the family of the innocent person that lost their life in this incident, and even more sad that little, if anything is going to change because of it. Whatever the speed limit, or road design, there will always be someone who drives too fast, or without concern for other road users. I don't think that any amount of legislation will change this,only a seismic shift in peoples attitudes towards driving, and towards each other in general.
I don't usually like to comment on articles like this, but I have to take issue with those criticising the road, or demanding a lower speed limit. It is a sad fact that this accident was caused by one drivers impatience and foolishness. There is nothing wrong with the layout of this road, there are hundreds of thousands of miles of single carriageway roads in the country, very similar to this section of the A31 that have nowhere near as high an accident rate. Lowering the speed limit would not have prevented this accident. The lorry would have been restricted to 40mph on this section of the road, which is probably what would have caused the Subaru driver to become impatient. Given the fact that he overtook the HGV, without being able to see past it, and in a place where overtaking is prohibited, due to an unbroken carriageway dividing line, it is not very likely that the driver would have obeyed whatever speed limit was posted. I feel desperately sorry for the family of the innocent person that lost their life in this incident, and even more sad that little, if anything is going to change because of it. Whatever the speed limit, or road design, there will always be someone who drives too fast, or without concern for other road users. I don't think that any amount of legislation will change this,only a seismic shift in peoples attitudes towards driving, and towards each other in general. mgibbs
  • Score: 59

8:45am Tue 25 Mar 14

djd says...

Good old Echo readers, some of you are the most insensitive there can be. Yes, it does seem the driver of the Subaru might be to blame, but why not wait until it has been investigated before making 'pie in the sky' blaming statements.
Someone has died, three others are injured. Thank God it wasn't worse.
Why not keep you opinions to yourself and restrict your comments to thoughts and sympathy to those involved.
As for the road being dangerous, incidents like this show the danger is in the car, not on the road.
My sympathy and thoughts go to the person who died and his relatives and friends and lets not forget the other drivers who have to live with the consequences of this horrendous collision.
Good old Echo readers, some of you are the most insensitive there can be. Yes, it does seem the driver of the Subaru might be to blame, but why not wait until it has been investigated before making 'pie in the sky' blaming statements. Someone has died, three others are injured. Thank God it wasn't worse. Why not keep you opinions to yourself and restrict your comments to thoughts and sympathy to those involved. As for the road being dangerous, incidents like this show the danger is in the car, not on the road. My sympathy and thoughts go to the person who died and his relatives and friends and lets not forget the other drivers who have to live with the consequences of this horrendous collision. djd
  • Score: 0

9:33am Tue 25 Mar 14

MotorbikeSam says...

djd wrote:
Good old Echo readers, some of you are the most insensitive there can be. Yes, it does seem the driver of the Subaru might be to blame, but why not wait until it has been investigated before making 'pie in the sky' blaming statements.
Someone has died, three others are injured. Thank God it wasn't worse.
Why not keep you opinions to yourself and restrict your comments to thoughts and sympathy to those involved.
As for the road being dangerous, incidents like this show the danger is in the car, not on the road.
My sympathy and thoughts go to the person who died and his relatives and friends and lets not forget the other drivers who have to live with the consequences of this horrendous collision.
what twaddle !! sympathy will not help now anyone now, that is the trouble with this forum, everyone says how sorry they are for those involved.. sympathy is ok but tomorrow it will all happen again, someone else will die and no one will even suggest a solution to the rising death rate. A young man was killed on Saturday and all this forum would do was poor out sympathy without any solutions ... and those who voiced solutions had their posts removed,,,,,,, presumably because endless post or sympathy make better reading..
[quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: Good old Echo readers, some of you are the most insensitive there can be. Yes, it does seem the driver of the Subaru might be to blame, but why not wait until it has been investigated before making 'pie in the sky' blaming statements. Someone has died, three others are injured. Thank God it wasn't worse. Why not keep you opinions to yourself and restrict your comments to thoughts and sympathy to those involved. As for the road being dangerous, incidents like this show the danger is in the car, not on the road. My sympathy and thoughts go to the person who died and his relatives and friends and lets not forget the other drivers who have to live with the consequences of this horrendous collision.[/p][/quote]what twaddle !! sympathy will not help now anyone now, that is the trouble with this forum, everyone says how sorry they are for those involved.. sympathy is ok but tomorrow it will all happen again, someone else will die and no one will even suggest a solution to the rising death rate. A young man was killed on Saturday and all this forum would do was poor out sympathy without any solutions ... and those who voiced solutions had their posts removed,,,,,,, presumably because endless post or sympathy make better reading.. MotorbikeSam
  • Score: 10

9:42am Tue 25 Mar 14

Rally says...

Bonkeydollocks wrote:
The Liberal wrote:
What is it with that stretch of road? There seem to be have been quite a few serious accidents along it.
It is hopelessy out-of-date for today's traffic volumes. It is well known that a road changing from fast dual-carriageway, back to single lane with bends and speed changes and then back to dual-carriageway is an added danger.

This describes perfectly the A31 through Dorset. Fast dual carriageway at Ashley Heath, then multilple roundabouts and 20 miles of ancient single carriageway with twists and bends to Bere Regis. From the west, the A35 has 10 miles of modern dual-carriageway before turning into the ancient A31 through to Ashley Heath as described above.

The road is a joke for today's traffic volumes. As the accident rate shows.
Hmm, nothing that a competent driver can handle quite safely - which applies to the majority of drivers.
It is a tiny minority of incompetent drivers that is the problem, not the roads themselves.
[quote][p][bold]Bonkeydollocks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Liberal[/bold] wrote: What is it with that stretch of road? There seem to be have been quite a few serious accidents along it.[/p][/quote]It is hopelessy out-of-date for today's traffic volumes. It is well known that a road changing from fast dual-carriageway, back to single lane with bends and speed changes and then back to dual-carriageway is an added danger. This describes perfectly the A31 through Dorset. Fast dual carriageway at Ashley Heath, then multilple roundabouts and 20 miles of ancient single carriageway with twists and bends to Bere Regis. From the west, the A35 has 10 miles of modern dual-carriageway before turning into the ancient A31 through to Ashley Heath as described above. The road is a joke for today's traffic volumes. As the accident rate shows.[/p][/quote]Hmm, nothing that a competent driver can handle quite safely - which applies to the majority of drivers. It is a tiny minority of incompetent drivers that is the problem, not the roads themselves. Rally
  • Score: 16

9:51am Tue 25 Mar 14

pigfarmer says...

I don't like posting on matters like this, however, let the accident investigators do their work before anyone passes comment on cause or attributes blame.
I drive this road quite regularly (will be on it in about an hour) and have seen some diabolical driving (too fast, too slow, reckless etc.) and in my opinion, it is completely inadequate as the main east-west road through the county - As are most of the MAIN roads in Dorset. Just think, the longest uninterrupted stretch of dual carriageway in the county is the Puddletown bypass.
Much of the land needed to dual the road at the Bere Regis end was bought by the Government years ago, and that is what is now needed. Lets drag Dorset into the 21st century and provide decent roads.
My sympathies to the family & friends of those involved.
I don't like posting on matters like this, however, let the accident investigators do their work before anyone passes comment on cause or attributes blame. I drive this road quite regularly (will be on it in about an hour) and have seen some diabolical driving (too fast, too slow, reckless etc.) and in my opinion, it is completely inadequate as the main east-west road through the county - As are most of the MAIN roads in Dorset. Just think, the longest uninterrupted stretch of dual carriageway in the county is the Puddletown bypass. Much of the land needed to dual the road at the Bere Regis end was bought by the Government years ago, and that is what is now needed. Lets drag Dorset into the 21st century and provide decent roads. My sympathies to the family & friends of those involved. pigfarmer
  • Score: 6

9:54am Tue 25 Mar 14

nothingtofear says...

mgibbs wrote:
I don't usually like to comment on articles like this, but I have to take issue with those criticising the road, or demanding a lower speed limit. It is a sad fact that this accident was caused by one drivers impatience and foolishness. There is nothing wrong with the layout of this road, there are hundreds of thousands of miles of single carriageway roads in the country, very similar to this section of the A31 that have nowhere near as high an accident rate. Lowering the speed limit would not have prevented this accident. The lorry would have been restricted to 40mph on this section of the road, which is probably what would have caused the Subaru driver to become impatient. Given the fact that he overtook the HGV, without being able to see past it, and in a place where overtaking is prohibited, due to an unbroken carriageway dividing line, it is not very likely that the driver would have obeyed whatever speed limit was posted. I feel desperately sorry for the family of the innocent person that lost their life in this incident, and even more sad that little, if anything is going to change because of it. Whatever the speed limit, or road design, there will always be someone who drives too fast, or without concern for other road users. I don't think that any amount of legislation will change this,only a seismic shift in peoples attitudes towards driving, and towards each other in general.
@ mgibbs you are absolutely right. I used this road regularly from 2007-2009 in my previous job and I would see dangerous overtaking manoeuvre's on a daily basis, virtually all attributable to impatience. The vehicle I was driving had a restrictor fitted so as you may imagine, I had a number of near misses caused by those with no patience whatsoever. As you say, until attitudes change, we will continue to see accidents of this nature along this stretch of road.
[quote][p][bold]mgibbs[/bold] wrote: I don't usually like to comment on articles like this, but I have to take issue with those criticising the road, or demanding a lower speed limit. It is a sad fact that this accident was caused by one drivers impatience and foolishness. There is nothing wrong with the layout of this road, there are hundreds of thousands of miles of single carriageway roads in the country, very similar to this section of the A31 that have nowhere near as high an accident rate. Lowering the speed limit would not have prevented this accident. The lorry would have been restricted to 40mph on this section of the road, which is probably what would have caused the Subaru driver to become impatient. Given the fact that he overtook the HGV, without being able to see past it, and in a place where overtaking is prohibited, due to an unbroken carriageway dividing line, it is not very likely that the driver would have obeyed whatever speed limit was posted. I feel desperately sorry for the family of the innocent person that lost their life in this incident, and even more sad that little, if anything is going to change because of it. Whatever the speed limit, or road design, there will always be someone who drives too fast, or without concern for other road users. I don't think that any amount of legislation will change this,only a seismic shift in peoples attitudes towards driving, and towards each other in general.[/p][/quote]@ mgibbs you are absolutely right. I used this road regularly from 2007-2009 in my previous job and I would see dangerous overtaking manoeuvre's on a daily basis, virtually all attributable to impatience. The vehicle I was driving had a restrictor fitted so as you may imagine, I had a number of near misses caused by those with no patience whatsoever. As you say, until attitudes change, we will continue to see accidents of this nature along this stretch of road. nothingtofear
  • Score: 13

10:03am Tue 25 Mar 14

Rally says...

MotorbikeSam wrote:
djd wrote:
Good old Echo readers, some of you are the most insensitive there can be. Yes, it does seem the driver of the Subaru might be to blame, but why not wait until it has been investigated before making 'pie in the sky' blaming statements.
Someone has died, three others are injured. Thank God it wasn't worse.
Why not keep you opinions to yourself and restrict your comments to thoughts and sympathy to those involved.
As for the road being dangerous, incidents like this show the danger is in the car, not on the road.
My sympathy and thoughts go to the person who died and his relatives and friends and lets not forget the other drivers who have to live with the consequences of this horrendous collision.
what twaddle !! sympathy will not help now anyone now, that is the trouble with this forum, everyone says how sorry they are for those involved.. sympathy is ok but tomorrow it will all happen again, someone else will die and no one will even suggest a solution to the rising death rate. A young man was killed on Saturday and all this forum would do was poor out sympathy without any solutions ... and those who voiced solutions had their posts removed,,,,,,, presumably because endless post or sympathy make better reading..
I agree wholeheartedly with MotorbikeSam.
This public outpouring of sympathy is so shallow it borders on offensive.
I have no idea what-so-ever who the person killed was, so how can I offer genuine, heart-felt sympathy to his or her family and friends when I do not know who they are?
How many of the people here expressing sympathy, etc., to people probably unknown to them have done the same for the families and friends of, for example, the victims of Flight MH370?
[quote][p][bold]MotorbikeSam[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: Good old Echo readers, some of you are the most insensitive there can be. Yes, it does seem the driver of the Subaru might be to blame, but why not wait until it has been investigated before making 'pie in the sky' blaming statements. Someone has died, three others are injured. Thank God it wasn't worse. Why not keep you opinions to yourself and restrict your comments to thoughts and sympathy to those involved. As for the road being dangerous, incidents like this show the danger is in the car, not on the road. My sympathy and thoughts go to the person who died and his relatives and friends and lets not forget the other drivers who have to live with the consequences of this horrendous collision.[/p][/quote]what twaddle !! sympathy will not help now anyone now, that is the trouble with this forum, everyone says how sorry they are for those involved.. sympathy is ok but tomorrow it will all happen again, someone else will die and no one will even suggest a solution to the rising death rate. A young man was killed on Saturday and all this forum would do was poor out sympathy without any solutions ... and those who voiced solutions had their posts removed,,,,,,, presumably because endless post or sympathy make better reading..[/p][/quote]I agree wholeheartedly with MotorbikeSam. This public outpouring of sympathy is so shallow it borders on offensive. I have no idea what-so-ever who the person killed was, so how can I offer genuine, heart-felt sympathy to his or her family and friends when I do not know who they are? How many of the people here expressing sympathy, etc., to people probably unknown to them have done the same for the families and friends of, for example, the victims of Flight MH370? Rally
  • Score: -3

10:04am Tue 25 Mar 14

Dave2207 says...

At first glance, this seems to have been the result of an impatient driver's aggressive and, possibly, illegal overtaking. The photograph appears to show that there is a continuous white-line that indicates that overtaking is prohibited at this spot!
One sees this sort of thing very often in Dorset, perhaps exacerbated because its road network lacks dual carriageways.
At first glance, this seems to have been the result of an impatient driver's aggressive and, possibly, illegal overtaking. The photograph appears to show that there is a continuous white-line that indicates that overtaking is prohibited at this spot! One sees this sort of thing very often in Dorset, perhaps exacerbated because its road network lacks dual carriageways. Dave2207
  • Score: 14

10:08am Tue 25 Mar 14

PCSC05 says...

djd wrote:
Good old Echo readers, some of you are the most insensitive there can be. Yes, it does seem the driver of the Subaru might be to blame, but why not wait until it has been investigated before making 'pie in the sky' blaming statements.
Someone has died, three others are injured. Thank God it wasn't worse.
Why not keep you opinions to yourself and restrict your comments to thoughts and sympathy to those involved.
As for the road being dangerous, incidents like this show the danger is in the car, not on the road.
My sympathy and thoughts go to the person who died and his relatives and friends and lets not forget the other drivers who have to live with the consequences of this horrendous collision.
Well said!!!! It's a shame more people don't see it this way, rather than being armchair critics passing judgement on something they know little or nothing about, unless they were there. They would do well to remember that the families of those involved may well see this and the hurtful comment's some put on here. Very sad, thinking of all involved.
[quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: Good old Echo readers, some of you are the most insensitive there can be. Yes, it does seem the driver of the Subaru might be to blame, but why not wait until it has been investigated before making 'pie in the sky' blaming statements. Someone has died, three others are injured. Thank God it wasn't worse. Why not keep you opinions to yourself and restrict your comments to thoughts and sympathy to those involved. As for the road being dangerous, incidents like this show the danger is in the car, not on the road. My sympathy and thoughts go to the person who died and his relatives and friends and lets not forget the other drivers who have to live with the consequences of this horrendous collision.[/p][/quote]Well said!!!! It's a shame more people don't see it this way, rather than being armchair critics passing judgement on something they know little or nothing about, unless they were there. They would do well to remember that the families of those involved may well see this and the hurtful comment's some put on here. Very sad, thinking of all involved. PCSC05
  • Score: 3

10:36am Tue 25 Mar 14

Arthur Maureen says...

Throw the book at the dangerous individual overtaking, take your car on a race track if your going to drive like a loon. RIP poor person that this moron crashed into.
Throw the book at the dangerous individual overtaking, take your car on a race track if your going to drive like a loon. RIP poor person that this moron crashed into. Arthur Maureen
  • Score: 7

11:14am Tue 25 Mar 14

High Treason says...

Bad drivers, not strong enough deterrents. Up the punishments with longer bans, longer prison sentences and massive fines.
Bad drivers, not strong enough deterrents. Up the punishments with longer bans, longer prison sentences and massive fines. High Treason
  • Score: 4

11:31am Tue 25 Mar 14

teri10 says...

mgibbs wrote:
I don't usually like to comment on articles like this, but I have to take issue with those criticising the road, or demanding a lower speed limit. It is a sad fact that this accident was caused by one drivers impatience and foolishness. There is nothing wrong with the layout of this road, there are hundreds of thousands of miles of single carriageway roads in the country, very similar to this section of the A31 that have nowhere near as high an accident rate. Lowering the speed limit would not have prevented this accident. The lorry would have been restricted to 40mph on this section of the road, which is probably what would have caused the Subaru driver to become impatient. Given the fact that he overtook the HGV, without being able to see past it, and in a place where overtaking is prohibited, due to an unbroken carriageway dividing line, it is not very likely that the driver would have obeyed whatever speed limit was posted. I feel desperately sorry for the family of the innocent person that lost their life in this incident, and even more sad that little, if anything is going to change because of it. Whatever the speed limit, or road design, there will always be someone who drives too fast, or without concern for other road users. I don't think that any amount of legislation will change this,only a seismic shift in peoples attitudes towards driving, and towards each other in general.
I echo your sentiments. As a direct result of someone elses stupidity, an innocent person has been killed & another seriously injured, whilst the driver who is responsible has walked away with minor injuries!! My sympathies go out to the family of the victims. Lets just hope that the driver is made to pay for his thoughtless, careless behaviour.
[quote][p][bold]mgibbs[/bold] wrote: I don't usually like to comment on articles like this, but I have to take issue with those criticising the road, or demanding a lower speed limit. It is a sad fact that this accident was caused by one drivers impatience and foolishness. There is nothing wrong with the layout of this road, there are hundreds of thousands of miles of single carriageway roads in the country, very similar to this section of the A31 that have nowhere near as high an accident rate. Lowering the speed limit would not have prevented this accident. The lorry would have been restricted to 40mph on this section of the road, which is probably what would have caused the Subaru driver to become impatient. Given the fact that he overtook the HGV, without being able to see past it, and in a place where overtaking is prohibited, due to an unbroken carriageway dividing line, it is not very likely that the driver would have obeyed whatever speed limit was posted. I feel desperately sorry for the family of the innocent person that lost their life in this incident, and even more sad that little, if anything is going to change because of it. Whatever the speed limit, or road design, there will always be someone who drives too fast, or without concern for other road users. I don't think that any amount of legislation will change this,only a seismic shift in peoples attitudes towards driving, and towards each other in general.[/p][/quote]I echo your sentiments. As a direct result of someone elses stupidity, an innocent person has been killed & another seriously injured, whilst the driver who is responsible has walked away with minor injuries!! My sympathies go out to the family of the victims. Lets just hope that the driver is made to pay for his thoughtless, careless behaviour. teri10
  • Score: 7

11:54am Tue 25 Mar 14

Buzetti says...

Imprezzas do seem to attract a certain driving 'style'......
Imprezzas do seem to attract a certain driving 'style'...... Buzetti
  • Score: 7

12:30pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Bathsheba says...

Putting sympathy aside for one moment, the Impreza driver overtakes an HGV and hits an oncoming car. I don't see how that isn't cut and dried whose fault it is.
It doesn't matter if it was dark (which at that time it wasn't) or raining. He misjudged and some innocent lives have been damaged for ever.
Putting sympathy aside for one moment, the Impreza driver overtakes an HGV and hits an oncoming car. I don't see how that isn't cut and dried whose fault it is. It doesn't matter if it was dark (which at that time it wasn't) or raining. He misjudged and some innocent lives have been damaged for ever. Bathsheba
  • Score: 14

12:42pm Tue 25 Mar 14

ekimnoslen says...

mgibbs wrote:
I don't usually like to comment on articles like this, but I have to take issue with those criticising the road, or demanding a lower speed limit. It is a sad fact that this accident was caused by one drivers impatience and foolishness. There is nothing wrong with the layout of this road, there are hundreds of thousands of miles of single carriageway roads in the country, very similar to this section of the A31 that have nowhere near as high an accident rate. Lowering the speed limit would not have prevented this accident. The lorry would have been restricted to 40mph on this section of the road, which is probably what would have caused the Subaru driver to become impatient. Given the fact that he overtook the HGV, without being able to see past it, and in a place where overtaking is prohibited, due to an unbroken carriageway dividing line, it is not very likely that the driver would have obeyed whatever speed limit was posted. I feel desperately sorry for the family of the innocent person that lost their life in this incident, and even more sad that little, if anything is going to change because of it. Whatever the speed limit, or road design, there will always be someone who drives too fast, or without concern for other road users. I don't think that any amount of legislation will change this,only a seismic shift in peoples attitudes towards driving, and towards each other in general.
Roads do not kill but bad driving does. Please stop using the roads as some kind of "excuse".
[quote][p][bold]mgibbs[/bold] wrote: I don't usually like to comment on articles like this, but I have to take issue with those criticising the road, or demanding a lower speed limit. It is a sad fact that this accident was caused by one drivers impatience and foolishness. There is nothing wrong with the layout of this road, there are hundreds of thousands of miles of single carriageway roads in the country, very similar to this section of the A31 that have nowhere near as high an accident rate. Lowering the speed limit would not have prevented this accident. The lorry would have been restricted to 40mph on this section of the road, which is probably what would have caused the Subaru driver to become impatient. Given the fact that he overtook the HGV, without being able to see past it, and in a place where overtaking is prohibited, due to an unbroken carriageway dividing line, it is not very likely that the driver would have obeyed whatever speed limit was posted. I feel desperately sorry for the family of the innocent person that lost their life in this incident, and even more sad that little, if anything is going to change because of it. Whatever the speed limit, or road design, there will always be someone who drives too fast, or without concern for other road users. I don't think that any amount of legislation will change this,only a seismic shift in peoples attitudes towards driving, and towards each other in general.[/p][/quote]Roads do not kill but bad driving does. Please stop using the roads as some kind of "excuse". ekimnoslen
  • Score: 10

12:53pm Tue 25 Mar 14

PokesdownMark says...

Matthew_Y wrote:
PokesdownMark wrote:
Do the echo publish car details before next of kin are notified? If not, seems like there is potential for unwarranted distress to be caused to people with loved ones with same cars that travel same route.
I disagree. I feel it gives those of us with loved ones who travel a given route in a similar car the opportunity to make sure they are OK (assuming, hopefully, that they are not involved), whilst allowing the vast majority of readers to breathe a sigh of relief.
That makes no sense at all. You enter a period of time when you have reason to be concerned - probably everything is fine. You have to try to contact the loved one. Which may not always work for reasons unknown - mobile battery dead etc... Stress and worry result. There is no positive at all from being given an opportunity to being able to stop worrying!

Instead if the echo (as they may do) refrain from publishing partial information about these incidents there is no unnecessary worry created.
[quote][p][bold]Matthew_Y[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PokesdownMark[/bold] wrote: Do the echo publish car details before next of kin are notified? If not, seems like there is potential for unwarranted distress to be caused to people with loved ones with same cars that travel same route.[/p][/quote]I disagree. I feel it gives those of us with loved ones who travel a given route in a similar car the opportunity to make sure they are OK (assuming, hopefully, that they are not involved), whilst allowing the vast majority of readers to breathe a sigh of relief.[/p][/quote]That makes no sense at all. You enter a period of time when you have reason to be concerned - probably everything is fine. You have to try to contact the loved one. Which may not always work for reasons unknown - mobile battery dead etc... Stress and worry result. There is no positive at all from being given an opportunity to being able to stop worrying! Instead if the echo (as they may do) refrain from publishing partial information about these incidents there is no unnecessary worry created. PokesdownMark
  • Score: -1

12:53pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Tommo. says...

your having a laugh111 wrote:
The road is safe unfortunately some of the drivers are not. I have travelled up and down this road going to work, I have seen many near misses where people try overtaking on blind bends in the dark when cars are aproaching . mobile cameras are regular but more needs to be done to stop the dangerous driving along here. I hope the other injured people are OK. Another very sad story.
Very sad indeed and unfortunately all too often impatient drivers perform unnecessary overtaking manoeuvres and bring danger to others who are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
[quote][p][bold]your having a laugh111[/bold] wrote: The road is safe unfortunately some of the drivers are not. I have travelled up and down this road going to work, I have seen many near misses where people try overtaking on blind bends in the dark when cars are aproaching . mobile cameras are regular but more needs to be done to stop the dangerous driving along here. I hope the other injured people are OK. Another very sad story.[/p][/quote]Very sad indeed and unfortunately all too often impatient drivers perform unnecessary overtaking manoeuvres and bring danger to others who are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Tommo.
  • Score: 4

1:07pm Tue 25 Mar 14

wilkiemini says...

Why is everyone in such a hurry to overtake these days.....is it worth it?
Not for the silly man driving the suburu as he now has to spend to rest of his days feeling the guilt of being responsible for an innocent drivers death!
Why is everyone in such a hurry to overtake these days.....is it worth it? Not for the silly man driving the suburu as he now has to spend to rest of his days feeling the guilt of being responsible for an innocent drivers death! wilkiemini
  • Score: 6

2:35pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Molecatcher says...

The Liberal wrote:
What is it with that stretch of road? There seem to be have been quite a few serious accidents along it.
It is completely reckless idiots driving way beyond their mental capacity... That is what it is.
[quote][p][bold]The Liberal[/bold] wrote: What is it with that stretch of road? There seem to be have been quite a few serious accidents along it.[/p][/quote]It is completely reckless idiots driving way beyond their mental capacity... That is what it is. Molecatcher
  • Score: 5

3:33pm Tue 25 Mar 14

rayc says...

Tommo. wrote:
your having a laugh111 wrote:
The road is safe unfortunately some of the drivers are not. I have travelled up and down this road going to work, I have seen many near misses where people try overtaking on blind bends in the dark when cars are aproaching . mobile cameras are regular but more needs to be done to stop the dangerous driving along here. I hope the other injured people are OK. Another very sad story.
Very sad indeed and unfortunately all too often impatient drivers perform unnecessary overtaking manoeuvres and bring danger to others who are in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Rospa say "Careless Driving; More than 300 deaths a year involve someone being "careless, reckless or in a hurry", and a further 120 involve "aggressive driving".
"Speeding; Around 400 people a year are killed in crashes in which someone exceeds the speed limit or drives too fast for the conditions.

About the same number of deaths from the two offences. Which offence attracts the most enforcement?
[quote][p][bold]Tommo.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]your having a laugh111[/bold] wrote: The road is safe unfortunately some of the drivers are not. I have travelled up and down this road going to work, I have seen many near misses where people try overtaking on blind bends in the dark when cars are aproaching . mobile cameras are regular but more needs to be done to stop the dangerous driving along here. I hope the other injured people are OK. Another very sad story.[/p][/quote]Very sad indeed and unfortunately all too often impatient drivers perform unnecessary overtaking manoeuvres and bring danger to others who are in the wrong place at the wrong time.[/p][/quote]Rospa say "Careless Driving; More than 300 deaths a year involve someone being "careless, reckless or in a hurry", and a further 120 involve "aggressive driving". "Speeding; Around 400 people a year are killed in crashes in which someone exceeds the speed limit or drives too fast for the conditions. About the same number of deaths from the two offences. Which offence attracts the most enforcement? rayc
  • Score: 1

7:50pm Tue 25 Mar 14

middle aged woman says...

The Liberal wrote:
What is it with that stretch of road? There seem to be have been quite a few serious accidents along it.
It's not the road, it's the drivers. The driver overtook on a winding road and killed one person and seriously injured another. People are too impatient and kill people to try and save a few minutes. I get so angry when I hear of yet ANOTHER accident on this stretch of road, which I travel on regularly to see my parents, and they travel on regularly too. One day it could be us who are killed by an ignorant driver who can't wait a few minutes to overtake when it's safe to do so. They ought to prosecute more severely for causing death by dangerous driving!
[quote][p][bold]The Liberal[/bold] wrote: What is it with that stretch of road? There seem to be have been quite a few serious accidents along it.[/p][/quote]It's not the road, it's the drivers. The driver overtook on a winding road and killed one person and seriously injured another. People are too impatient and kill people to try and save a few minutes. I get so angry when I hear of yet ANOTHER accident on this stretch of road, which I travel on regularly to see my parents, and they travel on regularly too. One day it could be us who are killed by an ignorant driver who can't wait a few minutes to overtake when it's safe to do so. They ought to prosecute more severely for causing death by dangerous driving! middle aged woman
  • Score: 2

6:39am Wed 26 Mar 14

Ginny nz says...

Hopefully this selfish idiot in the Subaru gets the book thrown at him and serves time for killing another person . When will people learn that cars are weapons in the wrong hands !!
Hopefully this selfish idiot in the Subaru gets the book thrown at him and serves time for killing another person . When will people learn that cars are weapons in the wrong hands !! Ginny nz
  • Score: 1

8:42am Wed 26 Mar 14

dorsetspeed says...

A few commenters suggesting harsher penalties, lower limits and more speed enforcements are the answer, but I don’t think so. Yes, this kind of driving is common, but are the drivers thinking “if I kill someone I’ll only be in jail for a couple of years, not 10, I can live with that” or are they perhaps more likely thinking “all I have to do is to drive slowly past yellow boxes and stripy vans and I won’t get caught at all”.

And attempting to reduce speeds so low that no one gets hurt if we all drive even blindfolded is not the solution. A burst of fun overtaking a lorry won’t affect average speed much, but the vast majority of normal safe drivers will have to drive unnaturally slowly and be further inconvenienced and criminalised.

And even if you did make this stretch safer by making it mind dumbingly boring with a 40 limit for miles, the boy racers would simply get their kicks elsewhere and cause the deaths elsewhere. No one should get any prizes for using up our precious road safety resources moving deaths from one place to another.

It might sound obvious but the answer is that to challenge dangerous driving you have to target it. At the moment, Dorset Police do not. They sit in vans on the safest roads (usually making them more dangerous) with the lowest limits making £millions to keep their jobs and empires running.

Most are saying they see idiotic driving all the time, so do I. WHY ON EARTH can the police not see it and do something about it? I already know the answer: it doesn't MAKE MONEY.
A few commenters suggesting harsher penalties, lower limits and more speed enforcements are the answer, but I don’t think so. Yes, this kind of driving is common, but are the drivers thinking “if I kill someone I’ll only be in jail for a couple of years, not 10, I can live with that” or are they perhaps more likely thinking “all I have to do is to drive slowly past yellow boxes and stripy vans and I won’t get caught at all”. And attempting to reduce speeds so low that no one gets hurt if we all drive even blindfolded is not the solution. A burst of fun overtaking a lorry won’t affect average speed much, but the vast majority of normal safe drivers will have to drive unnaturally slowly and be further inconvenienced and criminalised. And even if you did make this stretch safer by making it mind dumbingly boring with a 40 limit for miles, the boy racers would simply get their kicks elsewhere and cause the deaths elsewhere. No one should get any prizes for using up our precious road safety resources moving deaths from one place to another. It might sound obvious but the answer is that to challenge dangerous driving you have to target it. At the moment, Dorset Police do not. They sit in vans on the safest roads (usually making them more dangerous) with the lowest limits making £millions to keep their jobs and empires running. Most are saying they see idiotic driving all the time, so do I. WHY ON EARTH can the police not see it and do something about it? I already know the answer: it doesn't MAKE MONEY. dorsetspeed
  • Score: 3

2:47pm Wed 26 Mar 14

guisselle says...

djd wrote:
Good old Echo readers, some of you are the most insensitive there can be. Yes, it does seem the driver of the Subaru might be to blame, but why not wait until it has been investigated before making 'pie in the sky' blaming statements.
Someone has died, three others are injured. Thank God it wasn't worse.
Why not keep you opinions to yourself and restrict your comments to thoughts and sympathy to those involved.
As for the road being dangerous, incidents like this show the danger is in the car, not on the road.
My sympathy and thoughts go to the person who died and his relatives and friends and lets not forget the other drivers who have to live with the consequences of this horrendous collision.
Well said djd, sympathy must be with the family of their loved one. These
days the roads are so busy its a wonder there are not more accidents.
[quote][p][bold]djd[/bold] wrote: Good old Echo readers, some of you are the most insensitive there can be. Yes, it does seem the driver of the Subaru might be to blame, but why not wait until it has been investigated before making 'pie in the sky' blaming statements. Someone has died, three others are injured. Thank God it wasn't worse. Why not keep you opinions to yourself and restrict your comments to thoughts and sympathy to those involved. As for the road being dangerous, incidents like this show the danger is in the car, not on the road. My sympathy and thoughts go to the person who died and his relatives and friends and lets not forget the other drivers who have to live with the consequences of this horrendous collision.[/p][/quote]Well said djd, sympathy must be with the family of their loved one. These days the roads are so busy its a wonder there are not more accidents. guisselle
  • Score: 0

4:01pm Thu 27 Mar 14

spooki says...

When I was waiting at the lights by Bmth hospital to turn into the Littledown yesterday TWO cars went though the green forward lights which must have been travelling well over 50mph. That's the problem, I agree, the drivers and their "don't care" attitudes not the roads.
The picture with this story does seem to throw out a fairly good idea of what happened here. Perhaps another driver doing whatever they like to the expense of others?
The thing with rules and laws are, if the police don't see it happen they can't enforce it. Some more people will now have to live with the sad loss of a loved one due to some foolish decision.
When I was waiting at the lights by Bmth hospital to turn into the Littledown yesterday TWO cars went though the green forward lights which must have been travelling well over 50mph. That's the problem, I agree, the drivers and their "don't care" attitudes not the roads. The picture with this story does seem to throw out a fairly good idea of what happened here. Perhaps another driver doing whatever they like to the expense of others? The thing with rules and laws are, if the police don't see it happen they can't enforce it. Some more people will now have to live with the sad loss of a loved one due to some foolish decision. spooki
  • Score: 0

8:36am Thu 3 Apr 14

rudestickers says...

Anyone that travels on this road knows the dangers and should drive accordingly. How many deaths on this road so far this year? Really sad for all involved.
Anyone that travels on this road knows the dangers and should drive accordingly. How many deaths on this road so far this year? Really sad for all involved. rudestickers
  • Score: 0

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