Minibus passenger killed in crash on major Hampshire road

A34. Picture: Google Maps
A34. Picture: Google Maps
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A 36-year-old man has died after a crash involving a minibus and a lorry on one of Hampshire’s busiest roads this morning.

The incident happened on the A34 southbound, just south of Sutton Scotney services, at about 4.40am.

The man, who was travelling with four other people in the white Ford Transit, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said his next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

Three other passengers - two 25-year-old men and a 24-year-old man, who are all from North Yorkshire - were injured.

Two were taken with minor injuries to North Hampshire Hospital and the other was taken to Southampton General Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the lorry, a 63-year-old man, from Warwickshire was not injured.

The road was closed for about 10 hours while police carried out an investigation, but the route has now reopened.

Sgt Dick Thorpe, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: ‘Sadly a man has lost his life this morning and our thoughts are with his loved ones at this time.

‘We know that the road closure caused disruption for a lot of people but I hope that everyone will understand that we have a job to do to ensure the circumstances of this collision are thoroughly investigated.

‘If you saw the collision or saw either vehicle prior to the incident then please call us as any information you have could be vital to our investigation.’

A 19-year-old man from Durham has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He remains in custody at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting 44180075034, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.