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Driver killed after crossing A31 near Rufus Stone services following barrier collision

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A MOTORIST was killed after trying to cross the A31 near Stoney Cross.

The alarm was raised around 6.40pm on Friday, with reports a silver Ford Focus had struck the central reservation on the eastbound carriageway near Hangersley Hill before continuing along the A31 and stopping near the Rufus Stone Esso.

Its driver, a 27-year-old man understood to be from Southampton, left the vehicle and crossed to the westbound side of the carriageway where he was involved in a collision with two cars.

The crash happened near the Rufus Stone Esso on the A31 (photo: Google)
The crash happened near the Rufus Stone Esso on the A31 (photo: Google)

Emergency services responded but he was pronounced dead at the scene. His family has been informed and are being supported by police.

The road was closed in both directions for about nine hours as officers launched an investigation into the incident.

Witnesses are being urged to come forward as enquiries continue.

Senior investigating officer Sgt Jonathan White said: “Enquiries to determine the circumstances of this incident are ongoing and we would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened or has dash cam footage showing the incident or the moments beforehand.

“We know that witnessing incidents of this nature can be distressing for members of the public so if you’d like support please contact victimsupport.org.uk

Anyone with information should contact Hampshire police on 101, quoting Operation Gale and incident reference number 44220018123.

Information can also be submitted by completing an online form at https://bit.ly/3qwXi8M

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