Car crashes into tree in Fareham

CRASH The Ultima GTR after the collision.  Picture: Sarah Standing (120648-1905)
CRASH The Ultima GTR after the collision. Picture: Sarah Standing (120648-1905)

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A SPORTS car’s passenger received serious injuries after the car he was in collided with a tree.

The kit car, an Ultima GTR, was heading south on Peak Lane in Fareham, when the driver lost control.

The 45-year-old driver, from West End in Southampton, swerved the two-seater car across the northbound lane before hitting a tree and coming to halt in farmland at 2pm yesterday.

The 51-year-old passenger of the car, from Andover, had to be cut free from the vehicle and was taken to Southampton General Hospital by air ambulance.

The driver was taken to the same hospital by land ambulance with less serious injuries.

The road was closed between the junction with Longfield Avenue and Mays Lane to allow emergency services to deal with the accident.

Acting sergeant Jim Chapman from Fratton road policing unit said: ‘It’s quite a high powered car with considerable speed and acceleration and this is a national speed limit road, so the limit is 60mph.

‘We don’t know yet if they were factors in the incident.

‘It was coming south and for some reason it veered across the carriageway, flattening the tree and coming to a halt.

‘We have been told by others who were following it that they saw it reacting to something in the road and we know this is quite a well-used road, so we would like to hear from any other witnesses.

‘We are still trying to establish what happened here, and because of the sort of car it is – it was actually on trade plates as well – so we will be looking closely at that.

‘The vehicle is being seized for a full examination.

‘The passenger is in quite a serious condition, but we don’t think his injuries are life-threatening.’

Two crews from Fareham fire station were called and helped to remove the passenger.

Watch manager Simon Whelan said: ‘There wasn’t a roof as such, but it had a T-bar and a roll cage which we had to work around.

‘A car like this, it’s not the sort of job we get every day, but that roll cage had to be cut away to allow the passenger to be removed as safely as possible.’

The road was reopened at 3.50pm.

Police are appealing for witnesses. Anyone with any information should contact Fratton road policing unit on 0845 0454545.