UPDATED: Pensioner dies in A353 Weymouth crash

Firefighters and Dorset Police officers on the scene at Osmington Hill

UPDATED: Driver dies in A353 Weymouth crash

First published in News

A PENSIONER has died in a crash near Weymouth.

The 75-year-old Weymouth man was killed in a single vehicle accident at Osmington Hill at around 5pm yesterday.

Police, ambulance and fire crews were called to the scene after receiving a report of the road traffic collision.

The man had been driving his red Ford Mondeo into Weymouth when the car left the road and went into a hedgerow.

Emergency services confirmed that the driver had died at the scene and next of kin had been informed.

The road was closed for several hours in both directions to officers to carry out forensic examinations.

Police are urging witnesses to come forward to help them with ongoing investigations into the cause of the incident.

Local residents have spoken of their shock at the tragic crash in Osmington.

Ben Cross, who works at Eweleaze Farm near the village, said he was shocked to hear of the tragedy.

He said: “I left work at about 5pm and came right through where it happened but there was nothing there.

“As I was cycling into Preston I saw all the police cars rushing the other way, so it must have happened a few minutes after I went through.

“It’s really sad, I can’t believe it.

“It gives me the shivers to think about it.

“There was another accident there just the other week and there have been quite a lot of crashes on that road.

“Another person was killed on the corner right by Northdown Farm, it’s quite a dangerous stretch.”

Police closed the road at the junction with Sutton Road in Preston to vehicles and pedestrians.

Motorists were queuing along Preston Road with residents trying to get back to their homes.

The road was also closed from the other side near to the Sunray pub at Osmington and at the Warmwell Roundabout.

John Palmer, who lives in Osmington, said he was saddened by the tragedy.

He said: “It’s really sad news that this man has been killed in the crash.

“I didn’t see or hear anything of the accident itself but I saw all the emergency services go past.

“There were a couple of ambulances, two fire engines and lots of police so I thought it must be something serious.“It’s really awful that someone has died.

“That road does have some sharp bends on it and if you hit a corner a bit fast or if the road is wet you can easily lose control.”

Chris Bratchell, owner of the White Horse Holiday Park, said: “We know a number of emergency service vehicle went up and the helicopter was overhead.

“It seemed like a serious incident because the road was closed and there were so many vehicles.

“It’s really sad and tragic that someone has been killed.

“I’m sorry to hear that this has happened and it’s obviously very sad.”

He added: “There haven’t been a lot of fatalities on this hill but a lot of people have been lucky to come away from crashes.

“The limit on this stretch is 60 and if you are doing that then you are pushing it.

“There have been a number of cars that have ended up in fields and that was people being lucky, unfortunately someone wasn’t lucky tonight.”

Call For Action Over Danger Blackspot

THERE have been a number of crashes on the A353 around Osmington in recent years including a fatal collision on White Horse Hill in 2007 which claimed the life of a motorcyclist.

People living nearby claim the road, in particularly White Horse Hill, is an accident blackspot.

There were a string of serious smashes in 2009 which led to Chris Bratchell, pictured right, of the White Horse Holiday Park calling for action to be taken to reduce the number of accidents on the road.

The Echo told in July of that year how passers-by saved the life of a biker who was flung into a field after crashing his bike on White Horse Hill. A month later a motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital after being seriously injured in a crash outside Eweleaze Farm.

There have been a number of other collisions since including in 2011 when a six-year-old boy and a woman were injured in a crash outside the turning to Northdown Holiday Farm on White Horse Hill.

Last year a woman was seriously injured when her car crashed off the road between Osmington and Poxwell and somersaulted down an embankment.

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9:16pm Wed 9 Jan 13

greentangerine says...

The man who died was a neighbour of mine from Osmington. It appears that he collapsed at the wheel from a heart attack or similar and that caused the crash; he certainly wasn't the sort of person to tear up and down Osmington Hill.
The man who died was a neighbour of mine from Osmington. It appears that he collapsed at the wheel from a heart attack or similar and that caused the crash; he certainly wasn't the sort of person to tear up and down Osmington Hill. greentangerine
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9:47pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Crabber says...

No Comment except RIP mate
No Comment except RIP mate Crabber
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2:01am Thu 10 Jan 13

Fabians says...

Thank you all for your messages of kindness. Regrettably my father died in this incident and it seems it was caused by a sudden heart attack. He was a dedicated member of the local commmunity and an excellent father and grandfather. We take comfort in knowing that no one else was hurt and thank the police for their care and compassion.
Thank you all for your messages of kindness. Regrettably my father died in this incident and it seems it was caused by a sudden heart attack. He was a dedicated member of the local commmunity and an excellent father and grandfather. We take comfort in knowing that no one else was hurt and thank the police for their care and compassion. Fabians
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2:06am Thu 10 Jan 13

Fabians says...

Thank you all for your messages of kindness. Regrettably my father died in this incident and it seems it was caused by a sudden heart attack. He was a dedicated member of the local commmunity and an excellent father and grandfather. We take comfort in knowing that no one else was hurt and thank the police for their care and compassion.
Thank you all for your messages of kindness. Regrettably my father died in this incident and it seems it was caused by a sudden heart attack. He was a dedicated member of the local commmunity and an excellent father and grandfather. We take comfort in knowing that no one else was hurt and thank the police for their care and compassion. Fabians
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10:42am Thu 10 Jan 13

Fabians says...

I would like to take the opportunity to thank the emergency services who came to my father's aid last night and to the horse rider who alerted them. The police have been very kind.

Slight correction for the report above for the Echo my father was just 75 and the accident was on the straight road not an accident blackspot. He has driven this road daily for the last 27 years and knew it well.

Ironically I was the person who gave initial first aid to the biker injured by the Eweleaze turn 18 months ago. The accident blackspot here was caused by a van turning into Eweleaze and the bike hit it. I hope the biker is ok now.

It is very upsetting to see the photo you have splashed across the echo today I hope you will not continue to rehash the story to sell more papers.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank the emergency services who came to my father's aid last night and to the horse rider who alerted them. The police have been very kind. Slight correction for the report above for the Echo my father was just 75 and the accident was on the straight road not an accident blackspot. He has driven this road daily for the last 27 years and knew it well. Ironically I was the person who gave initial first aid to the biker injured by the Eweleaze turn 18 months ago. The accident blackspot here was caused by a van turning into Eweleaze and the bike hit it. I hope the biker is ok now. It is very upsetting to see the photo you have splashed across the echo today I hope you will not continue to rehash the story to sell more papers. Fabians
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1:35pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Fabians says...

Dorset Echo I cannot believe you sent a reporter out to us so you can write another article about my Dad. How insensitive are you?
Dorset Echo I cannot believe you sent a reporter out to us so you can write another article about my Dad. How insensitive are you? Fabians
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1:40pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Isosceles says...

Fabians
I hope that you sent off the reporter with appropriate words from you.
Fabians I hope that you sent off the reporter with appropriate words from you. Isosceles
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2:19pm Thu 10 Jan 13

jimjamum says...

I am honestly appalled by the actions of your insensitive and inconsiderate hack. To follow a police car to the house of a grieving family and then hassle them for comments is frankly, desperate and despicable.
I am honestly appalled by the actions of your insensitive and inconsiderate hack. To follow a police car to the house of a grieving family and then hassle them for comments is frankly, desperate and despicable. jimjamum
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2:34pm Thu 10 Jan 13

osmington4 says...

Fabians,
my deepest sympathies go to you and your family at this tragic time.
I hope you report the Echo to watchdog or whoever it is who keeps an eye on the media. My thoughts are with you.
Fabians, my deepest sympathies go to you and your family at this tragic time. I hope you report the Echo to watchdog or whoever it is who keeps an eye on the media. My thoughts are with you. osmington4
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2:45pm Thu 10 Jan 13

caz maz says...

My heart goes out to you and your family, Im sorry the Echo has resorted to these underhand methords of getting a story !
RIP!
My heart goes out to you and your family, Im sorry the Echo has resorted to these underhand methords of getting a story ! RIP! caz maz
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3:07pm Thu 10 Jan 13

markerpen says...

There but for the grace of god go many of us..sorry to hear of your loss..my deepest sympathies too.
There but for the grace of god go many of us..sorry to hear of your loss..my deepest sympathies too. markerpen
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3:50pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Hedgehogspring says...

My condolences to you and your family.

Echo - despicable....Why do you have to try to sensationalise everything ?

I would say I am surprised you would sink so low to get a story, but actually based on the decline of the echo over the last couple of years, I am not surprised at all. Whoever is in charge has managed to turn a reasonable local paper into a cheap trashy pile of cr*p. Why not employ some proper journalists who can write real informative articles without the need to sensationalise every story ?
My condolences to you and your family. Echo - despicable....Why do you have to try to sensationalise everything ? I would say I am surprised you would sink so low to get a story, but actually based on the decline of the echo over the last couple of years, I am not surprised at all. Whoever is in charge has managed to turn a reasonable local paper into a cheap trashy pile of cr*p. Why not employ some proper journalists who can write real informative articles without the need to sensationalise every story ? Hedgehogspring
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4:41pm Thu 10 Jan 13

connie68 says...

RIP so sorry to hear of your fathers passing.
From an Osmington resident.
RIP so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. From an Osmington resident. connie68
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7:08pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Presstostop says...

Well said 'Hedgehogspring'. This really is a third rate paper. To 'Fabians', my condolences.
Well said 'Hedgehogspring'. This really is a third rate paper. To 'Fabians', my condolences. Presstostop
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11:57pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Barney31 says...

Fabians wrote:
I would like to take the opportunity to thank the emergency services who came to my father's aid last night and to the horse rider who alerted them. The police have been very kind. Slight correction for the report above for the Echo my father was just 75 and the accident was on the straight road not an accident blackspot. He has driven this road daily for the last 27 years and knew it well. Ironically I was the person who gave initial first aid to the biker injured by the Eweleaze turn 18 months ago. The accident blackspot here was caused by a van turning into Eweleaze and the bike hit it. I hope the biker is ok now. It is very upsetting to see the photo you have splashed across the echo today I hope you will not continue to rehash the story to sell more papers.
Our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time. This accident was on the edge of our farm, my father alerted the services. I felt I had to comment as I thought exactly the same about the front page of the echo, very insensitive and as you said nothing to do with a black spot.
There are many people thinking of you
[quote][p][bold]Fabians[/bold] wrote: I would like to take the opportunity to thank the emergency services who came to my father's aid last night and to the horse rider who alerted them. The police have been very kind. Slight correction for the report above for the Echo my father was just 75 and the accident was on the straight road not an accident blackspot. He has driven this road daily for the last 27 years and knew it well. Ironically I was the person who gave initial first aid to the biker injured by the Eweleaze turn 18 months ago. The accident blackspot here was caused by a van turning into Eweleaze and the bike hit it. I hope the biker is ok now. It is very upsetting to see the photo you have splashed across the echo today I hope you will not continue to rehash the story to sell more papers.[/p][/quote]Our thoughts are with you and your family at this sad time. This accident was on the edge of our farm, my father alerted the services. I felt I had to comment as I thought exactly the same about the front page of the echo, very insensitive and as you said nothing to do with a black spot. There are many people thinking of you Barney31
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6:24am Fri 11 Jan 13

Fabians says...

Barney31: thank you. If possible in the coming days I'll probably pop down to see you and have a chat if that is ok. Please thank your father from us.
Barney31: thank you. If possible in the coming days I'll probably pop down to see you and have a chat if that is ok. Please thank your father from us. Fabians
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8:48am Fri 11 Jan 13

Barney31 says...

Of course, anytime you feel you want to.
Of course, anytime you feel you want to. Barney31
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