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Trio arrested after man from Southampton area killed and two women badly hurt in collision on the A338 between Blackwater Junction and Ashley Heath, near Hurn

THREE men were arrested after another man died and two women were badly hurt in a two-vehicle crash on the A338 near Hurn.

Police responded to the incident involving a bronze Lexus and a silver Nissan Micra, which took place on the northbound carriageway around 9.25pm last night (Thursday).

A 31-year-old man from the Southampton area was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have been informed and the coroner notified.

Police are expected to keep the road closure in place until around 11am today (stock picture)
Police are expected to keep the road closure in place until around 11am today (stock picture)

The two women, one in her 70s and the other in her 30s, were taken to hospital, with the pensioner in a critical condition and the other having suffered serious injuries.

Having received reports three men had left the scene, officers arrested the trio nearby on suspicion of driving offences.

The road was shut between Blackwater Junction and Ashley Heath roundabout as investigations launched.

Officers warned the closure was not expected to be lifted until around 11am today.

Roads policing Sgt Richard Stroud said: “Most importantly, our thoughts are with the family of the man who has sadly died in this collision.

“We are conducting a thorough investigation to establish the full circumstances of the incident and I would urge any witnesses to please contact us.

“I would also like to hear from anyone who may have captured anything relevant on dash cam footage.”

He added: “We are aware that the current road closure has a big impact in this area and I am very grateful for motorists’ patience while it is necessary to stay in place.”

Those with information should contact the force online at dorset.police.uk/contact or by emailing scit@dorset.pnn.police.uk or calling 101, quoting incident reference number 15:821.

Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling 0800 555 111.

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