Police name biker killed in crash with truck

On the evening of October 23,1970 two tankers collided six miles south of the Isle of Wight. 13 crewmen died.

Flames from the oil tanker Pacific Glory could be seen from Portsdown Hill

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A MOTORCYCLIST who was killed when his bike collided with a recovery truck has been named.

Gavin Kwabena Wallis, 33, from Gosport, was riding along the A272 Winchester Road, near West Meon, when the crash happened.

His white BMW motorbike collided with the truck shortly before 2.30pm on Thursday.

Two ambulances and a doctor attended but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Mercedes recovery truck, a 40-year-old man from Midhurst, was not hurt.

The road was closed for six hours between West Meon Hut and Privet while accident investigators examined the aftermath.

Police then recovered the vehicles and removed debris from the road.

It was reopened at 8.30pm.

Anyone who saw the crash should call Sgt Wayne Voller of the Fratton Roads Policing Unit on 101, quoting Operation Tamtam.

The police would also like to hear from anyone who saw the motorbike or the recovery truck before the collision.