Bassett Avenue in Southampton shut for two hours after accident

Man fights for life at city road crash

Man fights for life at city road crash

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A MAN is today fighting for his life in hospital after being struck by a car in Southampton.

The 28-year-old collided with a car in Bassett Avenue, Southampton, at around 6pm last night and suffered life threatening injuries.

He was rushed to Southampton General Hospital while police closed the road for almost two hours to examine the scene.

South Central Ambulance Service sent one ambulance and said they were treating a male pedestrian for injuries including leg wounds.

Paramedics also treated another patient at the scene, but did not confirm the extent of their injuries.

Some eight police vehicles were parked around the section of road which was closed, with officers directing traffic away from the accident.

It caused rush-hour traffic chaos throughout the city with lengthy delays stretching along The Avenue and Winchester Road as vehicles tried to leave the city via one of Southampton's busiest routes.

Motorists were urged to find alternative routes out as officers cordoned off the road between Memorial Roundabout and Chilworth Roundabout.

It is understood the vehicle collided with the man in the middle of the road, which takes traffic in and out of Southampton to the M3 and M27.

The car was removed shortly before 7.30pm yesterday and had a smashed windscreen.

Residents said it was the second crash to happen in the space of a few days with a minor collision occurring on Friday.

One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “They closed the road for two hours and it was a nightmare trying to get out as I had a meeting to go to. Police did not tell us much about what was going on but it was clear it was a serious incident because the road was closed for so long.”

Another resident said: “I saw a man in the middle of the road and it was clear he was injured but he was breathing and police were trying to talk to him and reassure him.”

The roads were reopened shortly after 7.30pm.

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11:09am Tue 17 Jun 14

Rockhopper says...

Bassett Avenue & The Avenue a very hazardous route in to the city.
Traffic lights and pedestrian crossing near Glen Eyre Road but with cars travelling so fast the drivers don't pay attention until jamming on brakes at the last minute while people cross at their own peril.
Then as Bassett Avenue merges in to The Avenue no one knows if it is two lanes or do you drive in the middle, with impatient drivers overtaking into the direction of oncoming traffic.
The whole route needs fixed speed cameras to slow down the traffic.
Mobile speed patrols sometimes seen near the Common but all too infrequent.
Why are the Council & Police ignoring this major route?
Bassett Avenue & The Avenue a very hazardous route in to the city. Traffic lights and pedestrian crossing near Glen Eyre Road but with cars travelling so fast the drivers don't pay attention until jamming on brakes at the last minute while people cross at their own peril. Then as Bassett Avenue merges in to The Avenue no one knows if it is two lanes or do you drive in the middle, with impatient drivers overtaking into the direction of oncoming traffic. The whole route needs fixed speed cameras to slow down the traffic. Mobile speed patrols sometimes seen near the Common but all too infrequent. Why are the Council & Police ignoring this major route? Rockhopper
  • Score: 17

11:32am Tue 17 Jun 14

Tiggi40 says...

I know this was a tragic accident last nite, and I hope the gentleman involved is ok and recovers quickly, but why do people think that they can dodge the traffic instead of using the crossings. It was also rush hour, and there are four lanes to try and cross. I live on Bassett avenue and have actually witnessed a lady running across the road, getting hit by a car, the driver did drive off, but as it was dark they might not have realised that they actually hit a person. Luckily a doctor stopped to help us. So I know this was a tragic accident but please can we not forget the driver and how awful and shocked they must be feeling. Sometimes it isn't the drivers fault
I know this was a tragic accident last nite, and I hope the gentleman involved is ok and recovers quickly, but why do people think that they can dodge the traffic instead of using the crossings. It was also rush hour, and there are four lanes to try and cross. I live on Bassett avenue and have actually witnessed a lady running across the road, getting hit by a car, the driver did drive off, but as it was dark they might not have realised that they actually hit a person. Luckily a doctor stopped to help us. So I know this was a tragic accident but please can we not forget the driver and how awful and shocked they must be feeling. Sometimes it isn't the drivers fault Tiggi40
  • Score: 15

11:52am Tue 17 Jun 14

userds5050 says...

Tiggi40 wrote:
I know this was a tragic accident last nite, and I hope the gentleman involved is ok and recovers quickly, but why do people think that they can dodge the traffic instead of using the crossings. It was also rush hour, and there are four lanes to try and cross. I live on Bassett avenue and have actually witnessed a lady running across the road, getting hit by a car, the driver did drive off, but as it was dark they might not have realised that they actually hit a person. Luckily a doctor stopped to help us. So I know this was a tragic accident but please can we not forget the driver and how awful and shocked they must be feeling. Sometimes it isn't the drivers fault
Depends who was at fault. Let's wait and see shall we? I see someone texting or on their phone on a daily basis on this road.
[quote][p][bold]Tiggi40[/bold] wrote: I know this was a tragic accident last nite, and I hope the gentleman involved is ok and recovers quickly, but why do people think that they can dodge the traffic instead of using the crossings. It was also rush hour, and there are four lanes to try and cross. I live on Bassett avenue and have actually witnessed a lady running across the road, getting hit by a car, the driver did drive off, but as it was dark they might not have realised that they actually hit a person. Luckily a doctor stopped to help us. So I know this was a tragic accident but please can we not forget the driver and how awful and shocked they must be feeling. Sometimes it isn't the drivers fault[/p][/quote]Depends who was at fault. Let's wait and see shall we? I see someone texting or on their phone on a daily basis on this road. userds5050
  • Score: 2

12:14pm Tue 17 Jun 14

Tiggi40 says...

userds5050 wrote:
Tiggi40 wrote:
I know this was a tragic accident last nite, and I hope the gentleman involved is ok and recovers quickly, but why do people think that they can dodge the traffic instead of using the crossings. It was also rush hour, and there are four lanes to try and cross. I live on Bassett avenue and have actually witnessed a lady running across the road, getting hit by a car, the driver did drive off, but as it was dark they might not have realised that they actually hit a person. Luckily a doctor stopped to help us. So I know this was a tragic accident but please can we not forget the driver and how awful and shocked they must be feeling. Sometimes it isn't the drivers fault
Depends who was at fault. Let's wait and see shall we? I see someone texting or on their phone on a daily basis on this road.
Totally agree, just so tragic for all involved
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tiggi40[/bold] wrote: I know this was a tragic accident last nite, and I hope the gentleman involved is ok and recovers quickly, but why do people think that they can dodge the traffic instead of using the crossings. It was also rush hour, and there are four lanes to try and cross. I live on Bassett avenue and have actually witnessed a lady running across the road, getting hit by a car, the driver did drive off, but as it was dark they might not have realised that they actually hit a person. Luckily a doctor stopped to help us. So I know this was a tragic accident but please can we not forget the driver and how awful and shocked they must be feeling. Sometimes it isn't the drivers fault[/p][/quote]Depends who was at fault. Let's wait and see shall we? I see someone texting or on their phone on a daily basis on this road.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, just so tragic for all involved Tiggi40
  • Score: 5

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