Witnesses sought after teenager dies in crash tragedy

The incident took place on Friday

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Police are seeking witnesses to a horrific accident in which a teenager died.

The A32 Wickham Road was closed off for most of yesterday after the 19-year-old man was killed in the crash.

The lorry involved in the accident

The lorry involved in the accident

The teenager was driving a black Vauxhall Corsa on the road travelling north at around 3am when it collided with a white Medina Dairy Ltd Scania HGV truck travelling in the opposite direction.

The 19-year-old, from the Soberton area, was declared dead at the scene and the 52-year-old lorry driver, from Southampton, was taken to Queen Alexandra Hopsital, in Cosham, with chest injuries.

Both vehicles were extensively damaged and it took most of the day to make the site safe for traffic.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to the crash, or anyone who saw either of the vehicles beforehand. Anyone with information should call Hampshire police on 101, quoting Operation Arneb. PC Neil Lancaster was at the scene and said the lorry was particularly difficult to clear.

‘The lorry took a while to clear because it had pallets of milk in the trailer,’ he said.

‘We had another lorry standing by to put the milk on but the stacks had crumbled in the crash. Once the milk was removed, we had to remove the trailer and then get the lorry out of the trees.’

Several organisations were at the crash site to make it safe including Hampshire County Council’s highways contractor Amey and the Environment Agency, which was called as some of the milk from the trailer had leaked out.

Duty site controller Kim Newton said: ‘We were informed that the truck was carrying milk which can be hazardous if it gets into the watercourse.

‘It can be toxic to creatures in the water and with the road running slightly downhill, we had to assess the situation.

‘Also the fuel tank had ruptured a little bit so we had to keep an eye on the fuel and seal any leaks.’

Medina Dairy Ltd said it couldn’t comment and Gregory Distributions, which provides lorries for Medina Diary Ltd, declined to comment.