Man, 85, fights for life after A3 wrong-way crash

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AN 85-year-old man is fighting for his life in hospital and several motorists were injured after a car travelled the wrong way along the A3.

The pensioner was driving a beige Volkswagen Bora, was seen travelling in the wrong direction on the southbound carriageway of the A3 at Queen Elizebeth Country Park, near Clanfield.

The Bora crashed with a black Saab Vector, driven by a 42-year-old man from Horndean and a silver Ford Fiesta, driven by a 48-year-old woman from Southbourne.

The elderly man sustained life threatening injuries and was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

The driver of the Saab sustained injuries to his chest and shoulders. A 41-year-old woman passenger from Horndean, suffered neck and back pain. A 16-year-old girl and a 13-year-old girl, also from Horndean, were shaken but uninjured.

The driver of the Fiesta suffered whiplash. A 23-year-old woman passenger, from Southbourne, sustained neck and back injuries. A 22-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy, also from Southbourne, were uninjured.

All the casualties were taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital.

The incident happened shortly before 11pm last night and the road was closed for almost six hours while cars were recovered and collision investigators examined the scene. Police did not reveal details until lunchtime today.

Anyone with information about the crash or who saw the Volkswagen Bora prior to the collision should call Sergeant Mark Weller at Fratton Roads Policing Unit on 101, quoting Operation Holloway.

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