Man dies in collision north of Portsmouth

James Callaghan Drive on Portsdown Hill which was closed after the death of a motorcyclist on Saturday
James Callaghan Drive on Portsdown Hill which was closed after the death of a motorcyclist on Saturday
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A MAN riding a motorcycle has died following a collision with a car.

The 24-year-old man was riding in James Callaghan Drive on Portsdown Hill, north of Portsmouth, when the collision happened about 6.30pm on Saturday.

The man was taken by road ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, where he died.

The car was a Vauxhall Astra carrying four people.

The driver and one of the passengers sustained slight injuries and were treated at the scene.

Police will not be releasing the name of the deceased until formal identification procedures have taken place.

The driver and one of the passengers in Astra sustained slight injuries.

A spokeswoman from South Central Ambulance Service said two ambulances and two emergency response vehicles were sent to the scene, and the motorcycle rider was found to have serious injuries.

Police confirmed he died later in hospital.

Police yesterday advised people to avoid the James Callaghan Drive area, as the road was closed for resurfacing following the incident.

The road is not expected to be reopened until 5pm on Monday.

The B2177 was also closed between the Crooked Walk Lane Junction and the James Callaghan Drive junction.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or has any information, is asked to call police on 101, quoting Operation Roman.

About 15 firefighters from Portchester, Havant, Hightown and Fareham stations were also at the scene to deal with a fire which broke out after the collision.

Queen Alexandra Hospital’s park-and-ride service will be affected tomorrow because of the road closures.

Staff have been told they should use the on-site car parks if arriving before 7.30am, and leave an hour earlier if they planned to use the Fort Southwick park-and-ride, which is open as usual. The bus is only stopping at the main hospital entrance and not the north entrance.