New traffic fears at site of serious motorbike crash in Wickham

ACCIDENT The scene
ACCIDENT The scene
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NEW concerns have been raised over safety on a road where the latest accident has left two people fighting for their lives.

The crash between a red Peugeot Speedlight moped and a Honda 1300cc motorbike happened at the junction of Wykeham Field and School Road in Wickham on Wednesday at 7.45pm.

School Road is part of the A32 which was recently revealed to be the most dangerous road in our region, and is a well-known accident blackspot for bikers.

Cllr Sue Roger-Jones, vice-chairman of the parish council, said: ‘The speed limit along there was reduced to 30mph a few years ago, and we had one of those speed monitors along there for a while because some people fly along here. It’s such a dangerous road, but we don’t know yet how it happened.’

The 16-year-old moped rider was named locally as Albie James, from Wickham, a pupil at Swanmore College of Technology.

Headteacher Kyle Jonathan said: ‘Everyone at Swanmore College has been shaken by the news of Albie’s accident. All our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this very difficult time.’

He is described as being in a critical condition in hospital.

The rider of the motorcycle, a 44-year-old man from Winchester, sustained potentially life-threatening injuries. He was taken to Southampton General Hospital where he is described as being in a serious but stable condition.

Witnesses are asked to call Sergeant Wayne Voller on 101.