Biking community’s concern for riders injured in West Meon crash

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MEMBERS of the biker community are wishing a group of motorcyclists involved in a serious crash a swift recovery.

A 52-year-old man involved in the collision was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital with multiple life-threatening injuries. Police have confirmed his condition is critical but stable.

The scene after the crash. Picture: Jason Kay

The scene after the crash. Picture: Jason Kay

The three other riders were taken to the same hospital to be treated for less serious injuries.

The accident happened on the A32 southbound, around 500 yards south of the West Meon Hut, just before 8pm on Wednesday. The road was closed for several hours while police tried to piece together what happened.

Claims have been made on social media that the crash happened when one rider’s motorcycle suffered an engine blow out and two others collided with him, before a fourth rider, coming over the hill, hit all three.

Police have not yet been able to confirm this to The News, but said an investigation into the circumstances of the crash is under way.

The incident happened close to the famous Loomies biker cafe, at the junction of the A32 and A272.

A member of staff said: ‘I didn’t see or hear it but found out last night just after it happened.

‘It was all very vague at the time. People have been asking about it all morning. They are really concerned.

‘We just hope they are all okay and hope they get better soon.’

Police would like to hear from anyone with information about the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting Operation Direction 44150170445, or alternatively call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.