Driver killed in head-on smash on A31 at Wimborne

One dead and two injured in head-on collision which closed A31 for five hours

One dead and two injured in head-on collision which closed A31 for five hours

One dead and two injured in head-on collision which closed A31 for five hours

One dead and two injured in head-on collision which closed A31 for five hours

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Note: the final two images in this gallery show damage to the vehicles. 

THE driver of a campervan was killed on Thursday morning following a head-on smash with a Dorset County Council truck.

The driver of the truck is a man in his 40s from Weymouth who suffered serious injuries, police have revealed.

Emergency services were called the accident, on the A31 just yards from the Esso service station, near Wimborne, at 10.15am.

Shocked witnesses told the Echo they heard an “almighty crash” when the impact took place.

One person, the male driver of the motor home aged in his 60s from Fareham in Hampshire, was declared dead at the scene.

His wife, a front seat passenger, was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries.

She was flown to the hospital's trauma unit where emergency doctors were standing by.

Meanwhile, the driver of the council truck, a man in his 40s from Weymouth, was taken to Poole Hospital with serious but not life threatening injuries.

On Friday a spokesman from Dorset County Council said: "He has been discharged and is recovering at home with his family."

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, South Western Ambulance Service and Dorset Police attended the scene.

Police immediately closed the A31 to traffic, and it remained closed for much of the day.

The air ambulance landed in a field adjacent to the crash site to transport the female casualty to hospital.

One witness, Chantal Steel, who was working at the nearby Roadside Cafe, said: “We heard this big bang and when we realised what had happened we ran across to the Esso to get our hi-visibility tops before going outside to try and warn the traffic.”

While emergency services were making their way to the scene, the girls from the cafe went car to car warning drivers of the crash ahead of them.

Speaking from the scene , Dorset Police Acting Sergeant Sarah Jones confirmed: “Just before 10.15am this morning we were notified of a very serious accident on the A31 just outside the service station.

“Two vehicles have collided, one of which is a heavy good vehicle. One of the occupants of one of the vehicles has sadly been pronounced deceased at the scene.

“One occupant was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital with serious injuries.

“We have our road collision investigators here - they are going to be examining the scene.

“The road is going to be closed for some time. Highways are en-route to arrange diversions. We ask people to be patient at this time.”

A statement released by County Hall confirmed it was one of their trucks involved in the crash.

It read: “We can confirm that a Dorset County Council vehicle was involved in the incident on the A31 today. The driver has been taken to Poole General Hospital.

“Dorset County Council will be helping Dorset Police with their investigations. The members of Dorset County Council would like to express our sincere condolences to the family of the man who died and our hope that those injured in the crash  make a full and speedy recovery.”

Acting Sergeant Jones added: “I would urge any witnesses to this incident to contact Dorset Police on the generic 101 number.”

The A31 was completely closed by Dorset Police following the fatal collision.

It remained closed until 3.30 to allow specially-trained crash investigators to complete their detailed investigation.

Traffic built up during lunchtime - as the road was closed in both directions, between the B3074 Blandford Road junction and the B3078 Julian's Road junction.

There were some delays throughout the afternoon and Dorset Police thanked motorists for their patience.

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4:03pm Thu 24 Jul 14

MrDMan says...

Awful news.
Thoughts with the family of the deceased and hope those in hospital have a speedy recovery.
And respect to our amazing emergency services.
Awful news. Thoughts with the family of the deceased and hope those in hospital have a speedy recovery. And respect to our amazing emergency services. MrDMan
  • Score: 92

4:10pm Thu 24 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

Why does the Ohec persist in publishing graphic pictures of mangled vehicles involved in fatal accidents? I'm sure the relative will love to see the remains of a vehicle in which a loved one has died spread across the internet, and no doubt on the front page as everyone walks past a copy in Tesco in the morning.

Have some bloody respect for the dead!
Why does the Ohec persist in publishing graphic pictures of mangled vehicles involved in fatal accidents? I'm sure the relative will love to see the remains of a vehicle in which a loved one has died spread across the internet, and no doubt on the front page as everyone walks past a copy in Tesco in the morning. Have some bloody respect for the dead! speedy231278
  • Score: -15

4:10pm Thu 24 Jul 14

BournemouthMum says...

How truly awful. One minute you can be happily driving to your destination and the next minute... Terrible. My thoughts and condolences to the families.
How truly awful. One minute you can be happily driving to your destination and the next minute... Terrible. My thoughts and condolences to the families. BournemouthMum
  • Score: 80

4:10pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Pasiphae says...

My thoughts are with all involved. Well done to the staff at the cafe as well as all the emergency services.
My thoughts are with all involved. Well done to the staff at the cafe as well as all the emergency services. Pasiphae
  • Score: 69

4:18pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Understated says...

such a dangerous part of the road having a pull in station without room to get up to speed and rejoin traffic..

the poor man and his family, i assume the woman was his wife.. its so tragic, they may have just been on holiday or were going on one..

makes me really sad to imagine it could happen to me or my loved one..
it should never have happened.
such a dangerous part of the road having a pull in station without room to get up to speed and rejoin traffic.. the poor man and his family, i assume the woman was his wife.. its so tragic, they may have just been on holiday or were going on one.. makes me really sad to imagine it could happen to me or my loved one.. it should never have happened. Understated
  • Score: 51

4:54pm Thu 24 Jul 14

whataboutthat says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Why does the Ohec persist in publishing graphic pictures of mangled vehicles involved in fatal accidents? I'm sure the relative will love to see the remains of a vehicle in which a loved one has died spread across the internet, and no doubt on the front page as everyone walks past a copy in Tesco in the morning.

Have some bloody respect for the dead!
Yeah like last week when they showed a video of the house in Sandbanks on fire with the guy dying in it...respects all round.
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Why does the Ohec persist in publishing graphic pictures of mangled vehicles involved in fatal accidents? I'm sure the relative will love to see the remains of a vehicle in which a loved one has died spread across the internet, and no doubt on the front page as everyone walks past a copy in Tesco in the morning. Have some bloody respect for the dead![/p][/quote]Yeah like last week when they showed a video of the house in Sandbanks on fire with the guy dying in it...respects all round. whataboutthat
  • Score: -9

5:23pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Phixer says...

Prompt reaction from the staff to control the situation, presumably reacting to some prior plan to deal with this dangerous stretch of road. Well done!
Prompt reaction from the staff to control the situation, presumably reacting to some prior plan to deal with this dangerous stretch of road. Well done! Phixer
  • Score: 42

5:24pm Thu 24 Jul 14

ChrisK-999 says...

Anyone else remember when they changed the speed limit down to 40mph on a section of the A31 cos of an accident involving grandparents & grandkids?
They said it was because of the grand dad speeding so the council acted all high and mighty to change the speed limit within days.... Then the autopsy showed poor granddad had actually suffered a heart attack....
Still, it's been quite at Canford Bottom recently...
Would truly love to see the stats for how many "incidents" have occurred there since DCC decided to "improve the safety" for "all of us" (except locals, obviously)...
Anyone else remember when they changed the speed limit down to 40mph on a section of the A31 cos of an accident involving grandparents & grandkids? They said it was because of the grand dad speeding so the council acted all high and mighty to change the speed limit within days.... Then the autopsy showed poor granddad had actually suffered a heart attack.... Still, it's been quite at Canford Bottom recently... Would truly love to see the stats for how many "incidents" have occurred there since DCC decided to "improve the safety" for "all of us" (except locals, obviously)... ChrisK-999
  • Score: 16

6:05pm Thu 24 Jul 14

ginge26 says...

This piece of road is so dangerous something needs to be done, they need to try to stop this sadness. I say drop the speed limit to give drivers plenty of time to pull out onto the road
This piece of road is so dangerous something needs to be done, they need to try to stop this sadness. I say drop the speed limit to give drivers plenty of time to pull out onto the road ginge26
  • Score: -14

8:06pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Dibs3427 says...

Sympathies to all involved and their families. From all at Motorhome and Camper Vans uk
Sympathies to all involved and their families. From all at Motorhome and Camper Vans uk Dibs3427
  • Score: 26

8:19pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Alantrom says...

Very sad news and my greatest sympathy for the poor man's family and I wish the lady and DCC driver a full and swift recovery, although if the poor dead man was her husband I doubt she will ever really get over it.
Having said that, once again we see numerous people saying its a dangerous road! I don't wish to even start to apportion blame, and I know I have said it before; roads are inanimate and cannot be dangerous. They can be challenging but vehicle drivers actions can be dangerous. I know this bit of road quite well and don't think it is especially challenging but, as every where, care must be exercised at times.
Very sad news and my greatest sympathy for the poor man's family and I wish the lady and DCC driver a full and swift recovery, although if the poor dead man was her husband I doubt she will ever really get over it. Having said that, once again we see numerous people saying its a dangerous road! I don't wish to even start to apportion blame, and I know I have said it before; roads are inanimate and cannot be dangerous. They can be challenging but vehicle drivers actions can be dangerous. I know this bit of road quite well and don't think it is especially challenging but, as every where, care must be exercised at times. Alantrom
  • Score: 63

8:45pm Thu 24 Jul 14

pitgirl says...

Sympathies to all involved,such a tragedy. I am glad that Alantrom remembered the DCC driver as well. I know he is alive , but he has to live with the memory always
Sympathies to all involved,such a tragedy. I am glad that Alantrom remembered the DCC driver as well. I know he is alive , but he has to live with the memory always pitgirl
  • Score: 32

9:21pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Some people are pathetic says...

Before jumping to conclusions and trying to come up with reasons why the collision occurred, let's take a few moments to think of the poor people involved in this tragic incident. Spare thoughts for the individuals and families concerned.
Before jumping to conclusions and trying to come up with reasons why the collision occurred, let's take a few moments to think of the poor people involved in this tragic incident. Spare thoughts for the individuals and families concerned. Some people are pathetic
  • Score: 39

9:37pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Some people are pathetic says...

And as for the members of staff at the cafe.....they are members of public like us all. They have no responsibility to get involved and assist at such traumatic incidents..........a
sk yourselves could you actively assist at a fatal crash? Could you use initiative to help queuing traffic? Or are you just happy criticising people who are good samaritans? I know who I'd rather have helping me in a emergency!
And as for the members of staff at the cafe.....they are members of public like us all. They have no responsibility to get involved and assist at such traumatic incidents..........a sk yourselves could you actively assist at a fatal crash? Could you use initiative to help queuing traffic? Or are you just happy criticising people who are good samaritans? I know who I'd rather have helping me in a emergency! Some people are pathetic
  • Score: 37

9:54pm Thu 24 Jul 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

Firstly my thoughts are with those involved and their families, however it must be said this stretch of road is so very dangerous how many more people must die or be seriously injured on this section of road. I will not stop at this petrol station as exiting is so dangerous there should be a 30 MPH on this section.
Firstly my thoughts are with those involved and their families, however it must be said this stretch of road is so very dangerous how many more people must die or be seriously injured on this section of road. I will not stop at this petrol station as exiting is so dangerous there should be a 30 MPH on this section. itsneverblackorwhite
  • Score: -19

11:17pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Some people are pathetic says...

Who is saying it's anything to do with the garage??? Not everyone stops there
Who is saying it's anything to do with the garage??? Not everyone stops there Some people are pathetic
  • Score: 13

8:05am Fri 25 Jul 14

Stereotyped says...

Speed limit warriors out in force...

Nothing wrong with the speed limit on that road, the problem is people doddering about, choosing poor moments to pull out and then not accelerating as hard as they should when they do pull out.
Speed limit warriors out in force... Nothing wrong with the speed limit on that road, the problem is people doddering about, choosing poor moments to pull out and then not accelerating as hard as they should when they do pull out. Stereotyped
  • Score: 15

10:36am Fri 25 Jul 14

dorset & proud says...

We all have our opinions on this stretch of the A31 but I think we really need to wait until the official explanation as to how this tragic event happened before making assumptions.

Thoughts to all those involved and those who assisted, they will all be left with lasting memories of what happened here.
We all have our opinions on this stretch of the A31 but I think we really need to wait until the official explanation as to how this tragic event happened before making assumptions. Thoughts to all those involved and those who assisted, they will all be left with lasting memories of what happened here. dorset & proud
  • Score: 18

11:00am Fri 25 Jul 14

speedy231278 says...

Guess what, there's a nice closeup pic of the mangled cab of the camper on the front page this morning.

Great job, Ohec, making a nice profit selling papers off the back of someone's tragic loss. Take a bow.
Guess what, there's a nice closeup pic of the mangled cab of the camper on the front page this morning. Great job, Ohec, making a nice profit selling papers off the back of someone's tragic loss. Take a bow. speedy231278
  • Score: -6

11:18am Fri 25 Jul 14

Huey says...

Well someone will be at fault and that's why the cops closed the road to see exactly what has happened.
Well someone will be at fault and that's why the cops closed the road to see exactly what has happened. Huey
  • Score: 11

11:42am Fri 25 Jul 14

Kjrcbie says...

Some of the comments on here are so disrespectful ! My parents were very close to the accident when it happened and from what I gather it doesn't seem like speed or bad driving were a factor . It sounds very much like the gentleman became poorly and veered across into the path of the lorry . Thoughts go to all the families involved in such a tragic accident xx
Some of the comments on here are so disrespectful ! My parents were very close to the accident when it happened and from what I gather it doesn't seem like speed or bad driving were a factor . It sounds very much like the gentleman became poorly and veered across into the path of the lorry . Thoughts go to all the families involved in such a tragic accident xx Kjrcbie
  • Score: 40

1:49pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Devonguy02 says...

We also have a filling station here in south Devon A38 Carew no access
lane on, for vehicles lthey go from 2 MPH straight onto 70+ Bypass across 2 traffic lanes, its a deathtrap!! highways still not sorted it over 30 years, all about cash with highways, tragic for those involved
We also have a filling station here in south Devon A38 Carew no access lane on, for vehicles lthey go from 2 MPH straight onto 70+ Bypass across 2 traffic lanes, its a deathtrap!! highways still not sorted it over 30 years, all about cash with highways, tragic for those involved Devonguy02
  • Score: 1

2:43pm Fri 25 Jul 14

chantalsteel93 says...

My name is Chantal Steel, I'm 20 years old and I'm the girl from the cafe named in the paper. I saw it happen, and myself and my co worker were the ones who redirected the traffic and blocked the road. It had nothing to do with speed. They were both travelling under the speed limit. The camper van started to veer onto the other side of the road way before the esso turning and did not have his indictor on or reduce his speed, which sadly indicates that he may have passed out/had a heart attack or somthing to cause the crash. It was nobodys fault. You cannot predict this sort of thing. So know the facts before you start pointing the blame!
My name is Chantal Steel, I'm 20 years old and I'm the girl from the cafe named in the paper. I saw it happen, and myself and my co worker were the ones who redirected the traffic and blocked the road. It had nothing to do with speed. They were both travelling under the speed limit. The camper van started to veer onto the other side of the road way before the esso turning and did not have his indictor on or reduce his speed, which sadly indicates that he may have passed out/had a heart attack or somthing to cause the crash. It was nobodys fault. You cannot predict this sort of thing. So know the facts before you start pointing the blame! chantalsteel93
  • Score: 107

2:52pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Huey says...

chantalsteel93 wrote:
My name is Chantal Steel, I'm 20 years old and I'm the girl from the cafe named in the paper. I saw it happen, and myself and my co worker were the ones who redirected the traffic and blocked the road. It had nothing to do with speed. They were both travelling under the speed limit. The camper van started to veer onto the other side of the road way before the esso turning and did not have his indictor on or reduce his speed, which sadly indicates that he may have passed out/had a heart attack or somthing to cause the crash. It was nobodys fault. You cannot predict this sort of thing. So know the facts before you start pointing the blame!
Probably had a dodgy ticker, autopsy will reveal.
[quote][p][bold]chantalsteel93[/bold] wrote: My name is Chantal Steel, I'm 20 years old and I'm the girl from the cafe named in the paper. I saw it happen, and myself and my co worker were the ones who redirected the traffic and blocked the road. It had nothing to do with speed. They were both travelling under the speed limit. The camper van started to veer onto the other side of the road way before the esso turning and did not have his indictor on or reduce his speed, which sadly indicates that he may have passed out/had a heart attack or somthing to cause the crash. It was nobodys fault. You cannot predict this sort of thing. So know the facts before you start pointing the blame![/p][/quote]Probably had a dodgy ticker, autopsy will reveal. Huey
  • Score: 6

2:52pm Fri 25 Jul 14

hijimhere says...

Sincere condolences to the family of the bereaved. Very rare for such incidents but the motor home is all but destroyed.
Sincere condolences to the family of the bereaved. Very rare for such incidents but the motor home is all but destroyed. hijimhere
  • Score: 8

2:53pm Fri 25 Jul 14

ragj195 says...

I've been in a situation like this where you are one of the first to respond to a major accident. It's much harder to keep calm than one would imagine. People your age come in for alot of stick especially from posters on this site so well done, and thanks for putting straight the idiots on here that based their opinion on a photo.
I've been in a situation like this where you are one of the first to respond to a major accident. It's much harder to keep calm than one would imagine. People your age come in for alot of stick especially from posters on this site so well done, and thanks for putting straight the idiots on here that based their opinion on a photo. ragj195
  • Score: 33

2:55pm Fri 25 Jul 14

ragj195 says...

ragj195 wrote:
I've been in a situation like this where you are one of the first to respond to a major accident. It's much harder to keep calm than one would imagine. People your age come in for alot of stick especially from posters on this site so well done, and thanks for putting straight the idiots on here that based their opinion on a photo.
That was directed at chantalsteel93
[quote][p][bold]ragj195[/bold] wrote: I've been in a situation like this where you are one of the first to respond to a major accident. It's much harder to keep calm than one would imagine. People your age come in for alot of stick especially from posters on this site so well done, and thanks for putting straight the idiots on here that based their opinion on a photo.[/p][/quote]That was directed at chantalsteel93 ragj195
  • Score: 14

3:32pm Fri 25 Jul 14

chantalsteel93 says...

ragj195 wrote:
ragj195 wrote:
I've been in a situation like this where you are one of the first to respond to a major accident. It's much harder to keep calm than one would imagine. People your age come in for alot of stick especially from posters on this site so well done, and thanks for putting straight the idiots on here that based their opinion on a photo.
That was directed at chantalsteel93
The emergency services were very appreciative of the help... And I'm glad we were able to help in such an awful situation. I wish the lady and DCC driver a speedy recovery and I cannot even put into words how sorry I feel for the loved ones and family of the man who died. Young people are stereotyped these days as trouble makers and law breakers. Hopefully, this has made people think that we aren't all bad.
[quote][p][bold]ragj195[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ragj195[/bold] wrote: I've been in a situation like this where you are one of the first to respond to a major accident. It's much harder to keep calm than one would imagine. People your age come in for alot of stick especially from posters on this site so well done, and thanks for putting straight the idiots on here that based their opinion on a photo.[/p][/quote]That was directed at chantalsteel93[/p][/quote]The emergency services were very appreciative of the help... And I'm glad we were able to help in such an awful situation. I wish the lady and DCC driver a speedy recovery and I cannot even put into words how sorry I feel for the loved ones and family of the man who died. Young people are stereotyped these days as trouble makers and law breakers. Hopefully, this has made people think that we aren't all bad. chantalsteel93
  • Score: 36

4:42pm Fri 25 Jul 14

jill M says...

Well done Chantal, and speaking as a pensioner, I certainly don't think that young people are all bad, unfortunately we only seem to hear about the bad ones, and not much said about the good deeds that youngsters do. You probably averted another accident by your actions, and saved more people from being injured.
Well done Chantal, and speaking as a pensioner, I certainly don't think that young people are all bad, unfortunately we only seem to hear about the bad ones, and not much said about the good deeds that youngsters do. You probably averted another accident by your actions, and saved more people from being injured. jill M
  • Score: 32

9:47pm Fri 25 Jul 14

cromwell9 says...

We have all driven on that part of the A31 at some time.The 40mph was put in because of the nature of side roads ,Particualy at Red Post X rds.
The road is bendy all along ,until you reach the World End pub.
Not many drivers observe the speed restictions in place,Hense all the accidents,.
Perhaps the driver of the camper van had a health issue,we dont know.
Very sorry for all the familys involved .It could happen to any of us ,at any time,God Bless,
We have all driven on that part of the A31 at some time.The 40mph was put in because of the nature of side roads ,Particualy at Red Post X rds. The road is bendy all along ,until you reach the World End pub. Not many drivers observe the speed restictions in place,Hense all the accidents,. Perhaps the driver of the camper van had a health issue,we dont know. Very sorry for all the familys involved .It could happen to any of us ,at any time,God Bless, cromwell9
  • Score: 3

12:22am Sat 26 Jul 14

typ nowhere says...

As Chantal has allready pointed out speed was not a factor here, however cromwell9 the speed limit were this accident happenend is 60mph.
As Chantal has allready pointed out speed was not a factor here, however cromwell9 the speed limit were this accident happenend is 60mph. typ nowhere
  • Score: 5

7:53am Sat 26 Jul 14

Billy1mate says...

Understated wrote:
such a dangerous part of the road having a pull in station without room to get up to speed and rejoin traffic..

the poor man and his family, i assume the woman was his wife.. its so tragic, they may have just been on holiday or were going on one..

makes me really sad to imagine it could happen to me or my loved one..
it should never have happened.
I don't think the exit of the petrol station is relevant in this instance, it looks more like a head on collision.
[quote][p][bold]Understated[/bold] wrote: such a dangerous part of the road having a pull in station without room to get up to speed and rejoin traffic.. the poor man and his family, i assume the woman was his wife.. its so tragic, they may have just been on holiday or were going on one.. makes me really sad to imagine it could happen to me or my loved one.. it should never have happened.[/p][/quote]I don't think the exit of the petrol station is relevant in this instance, it looks more like a head on collision. Billy1mate
  • Score: 6

8:49am Sat 26 Jul 14

ksmain says...

ginge26 wrote:
This piece of road is so dangerous something needs to be done, they need to try to stop this sadness. I say drop the speed limit to give drivers plenty of time to pull out onto the road
While I sympathise with your view - are we really going to alter the speed limit at the approach of every garage in the UK just so people can get their speed up?

I would argue that would make the roads even more dangerous as people will be more focused on their speedometers than the road ahead. Also you have to appeal to drivers common sense when approaching garages and pulling out on to main roads - after all that is why you pass your driving test and are certified save to drive.

And it appears to be not the reason the accident happened in the first place from one or two eyewitness accounts.
[quote][p][bold]ginge26[/bold] wrote: This piece of road is so dangerous something needs to be done, they need to try to stop this sadness. I say drop the speed limit to give drivers plenty of time to pull out onto the road[/p][/quote]While I sympathise with your view - are we really going to alter the speed limit at the approach of every garage in the UK just so people can get their speed up? I would argue that would make the roads even more dangerous as people will be more focused on their speedometers than the road ahead. Also you have to appeal to drivers common sense when approaching garages and pulling out on to main roads - after all that is why you pass your driving test and are certified save to drive. And it appears to be not the reason the accident happened in the first place from one or two eyewitness accounts. ksmain
  • Score: 0

10:01pm Sat 26 Jul 14

sarahfuller says...

My name is Sarah Fuller and I'm Chantal's co worker who instructed the traffic on the road and blocked the exit on the roundabout until the police arrived to save delays and any further accidents during this time, thank you very much for all the positive views about our help, it was a very distressing situation and it is nice to have our help apperciated as our employers and managers were less than understanding and very insenstive towards us. My thoughts go out to everyone involved and all their families. Also a huge thanks to staff at the garage who were also helpful in this situation.
My name is Sarah Fuller and I'm Chantal's co worker who instructed the traffic on the road and blocked the exit on the roundabout until the police arrived to save delays and any further accidents during this time, thank you very much for all the positive views about our help, it was a very distressing situation and it is nice to have our help apperciated as our employers and managers were less than understanding and very insenstive towards us. My thoughts go out to everyone involved and all their families. Also a huge thanks to staff at the garage who were also helpful in this situation. sarahfuller
  • Score: 13

10:11pm Sat 26 Jul 14

sarahfuller says...

ragj195 wrote:
I've been in a situation like this where you are one of the first to respond to a major accident. It's much harder to keep calm than one would imagine. People your age come in for alot of stick especially from posters on this site so well done, and thanks for putting straight the idiots on here that based their opinion on a photo.
Thank you, it was a very distressing situation and myself and co worker helped as much as we could, so thank you for positive notes
[quote][p][bold]ragj195[/bold] wrote: I've been in a situation like this where you are one of the first to respond to a major accident. It's much harder to keep calm than one would imagine. People your age come in for alot of stick especially from posters on this site so well done, and thanks for putting straight the idiots on here that based their opinion on a photo.[/p][/quote]Thank you, it was a very distressing situation and myself and co worker helped as much as we could, so thank you for positive notes sarahfuller
  • Score: 8

8:35am Sun 27 Jul 14

chantalsteel93 says...

I would just also like to mention that fact that I was very disgusted with the amount of people who, when told by myself and Sarah Fuller to find a safe place to turn around, proceeded in complaining and moaning about that fact they had to take a detour. What's an extra ten minutes on your journey compared to a man losing his life, and a woman being badly injured and in hospital. It's extremely selfish.
I would just also like to mention that fact that I was very disgusted with the amount of people who, when told by myself and Sarah Fuller to find a safe place to turn around, proceeded in complaining and moaning about that fact they had to take a detour. What's an extra ten minutes on your journey compared to a man losing his life, and a woman being badly injured and in hospital. It's extremely selfish. chantalsteel93
  • Score: 15

1:22am Wed 30 Jul 14

rednblack37 says...

chantalsteel93 wrote:
My name is Chantal Steel, I'm 20 years old and I'm the girl from the cafe named in the paper. I saw it happen, and myself and my co worker were the ones who redirected the traffic and blocked the road. It had nothing to do with speed. They were both travelling under the speed limit. The camper van started to veer onto the other side of the road way before the esso turning and did not have his indictor on or reduce his speed, which sadly indicates that he may have passed out/had a heart attack or somthing to cause the crash. It was nobodys fault. You cannot predict this sort of thing. So know the facts before you start pointing the blame!
Glad you made this comment Chantal, I was reading through this thread and kept coming back to the fact that it is impossible to have a head-on collision if both vehicles are in their lanes on the correct side of the road. The Echo piece above gave no indication as to which vehicle was on the wrong side and definitely no reason for it. From what you say the gentleman who sadly died had a problem at the wheel - it may have been medical, it may have been mechanical - and seems to be one of those sad horrendous things that unfortunately do happen. As you say, no blame, just a very sad accident.
[quote][p][bold]chantalsteel93[/bold] wrote: My name is Chantal Steel, I'm 20 years old and I'm the girl from the cafe named in the paper. I saw it happen, and myself and my co worker were the ones who redirected the traffic and blocked the road. It had nothing to do with speed. They were both travelling under the speed limit. The camper van started to veer onto the other side of the road way before the esso turning and did not have his indictor on or reduce his speed, which sadly indicates that he may have passed out/had a heart attack or somthing to cause the crash. It was nobodys fault. You cannot predict this sort of thing. So know the facts before you start pointing the blame![/p][/quote]Glad you made this comment Chantal, I was reading through this thread and kept coming back to the fact that it is impossible to have a head-on collision if both vehicles are in their lanes on the correct side of the road. The Echo piece above gave no indication as to which vehicle was on the wrong side and definitely no reason for it. From what you say the gentleman who sadly died had a problem at the wheel - it may have been medical, it may have been mechanical - and seems to be one of those sad horrendous things that unfortunately do happen. As you say, no blame, just a very sad accident. rednblack37
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2:51pm Sat 2 Aug 14

whatever66 says...

Well done Chantal and Sarah on your quick thinking and positive action ignore the all the negative views and just think that without you there might have been further injury's and as for the idiots who were moaning about being taken 10 mins out of there way.... there will always be people like them as they have nothing better in life to do than to moan.... Its a bit like the Echo web site they think there always right. Glad you put your views across when you saw them jumping to the wrong conclusions.
Well done Chantal and Sarah on your quick thinking and positive action ignore the all the negative views and just think that without you there might have been further injury's and as for the idiots who were moaning about being taken 10 mins out of there way.... there will always be people like them as they have nothing better in life to do than to moan.... Its a bit like the Echo web site they think there always right. Glad you put your views across when you saw them jumping to the wrong conclusions. whatever66
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7:38pm Fri 8 Aug 14

MotorbikeSam says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Why does the Ohec persist in publishing graphic pictures of mangled vehicles involved in fatal accidents? I'm sure the relative will love to see the remains of a vehicle in which a loved one has died spread across the internet, and no doubt on the front page as everyone walks past a copy in Tesco in the morning.

Have some bloody respect for the dead!
keep the pictures coming and the graphic details...
speedy 23 12 78 is typical of modern drivers, seated in their air conditioned quite cars surrounded by airbags and modern high tech safety devices and not a care for the reality when all this speed goes wrong !!
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Why does the Ohec persist in publishing graphic pictures of mangled vehicles involved in fatal accidents? I'm sure the relative will love to see the remains of a vehicle in which a loved one has died spread across the internet, and no doubt on the front page as everyone walks past a copy in Tesco in the morning. Have some bloody respect for the dead![/p][/quote]keep the pictures coming and the graphic details... speedy 23 12 78 is typical of modern drivers, seated in their air conditioned quite cars surrounded by airbags and modern high tech safety devices and not a care for the reality when all this speed goes wrong !! MotorbikeSam
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