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Girl, 16, dies as crash shuts motorway and major route - live updates
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- Fatal crash shuts M27 and A31
- Girl, 16, on scooter is victim of accident
- Motorway closed at junction two
- Drivers warned of major rush hour delays
Police have added that one lane of the A31 westbound will remain closed at Ringwood and have warned of continued delays.
Hampshire Police have revealed that the A31 diversion are being lifted.
A spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service said two rapid response vehicles and two ambulances attended the scene after the service was called at 8.18pm.
A Dorset Police spokesman has told the Echo the road closure between Ashley Heath and junction two of the M27 will remain in place ‘for the foreseeable future’.
While not giving an exact time for when the road would reopen, he said: “It is going to be closed for some time.”
The road had been due to open at 11am but some sources say that it might now be closed until noon.
Queues form as traffic joins the A31 eastbound.
David Tong, from HM Coroners Court in Bournemouth, confirmed that the court had been notified of the girl’s death, but added: “Identification hasn’t been confirmed at the moment.”
A35 very slow westbound through the forest as is the A326 and Avon Causeway due to M27/A31 closures (09:30)— @TravelNewsSouth 25 February 2013
Police have urged anyone with information about the incident to contact the police on 101, quoting reference number 393/24
A spokesman for Dorset Police said: “The coroner has been notified and next of kin have been made aware.
“Family liaison officers are currently working with the relatives of the deceased.
“We would like to apologise to the public for the inconvenience caused but this is an extremely serious and complex road traffic collision.”
The accident happened between the Verwood onslip and the A338 offslip.
Police have said that the 16-year-old girl was from the Ringwood area.
Officers have said that she was pronounced dead at the scene at 8.23pm last night.
Officers said it was a 16-year-old girl riding a red scooter who died.
Police have confirmed that a teenage girl has died in the A 31 accident.
The diversions has caused knock on congestion across the New Forest including Ringwood.
Crash investigations carry on at the scene this morning.
Cllr Thierry said: “The town council will be discussing this on Wednesday and we will be asking again for the minister for transport to visit the area and look at the road.”
Ringwood Town Council are calling for Governemnt transport ministers to visit town to see the road for themselves.
“Reducing it to 50mph gives you that much more thinking time, and would help prevent accidents" said Cllr Thierry.
The councillor added: “It's an absolutely desperate situation on the A31."
Speed limit campaigner and town councillor Michael Thierry, below, said he had been left "distraught for the people involved".
Highways Agency has said that not enough motorists have been injured on the road to justify a speed reduction.
While details of the crash are not yet known Ringwood Town Council has been pressing the Highways Agency to reduce the speed limit of the A31 between Picket Post and the Ashley Heath roundabout to 50mph.
A31: road likely to be closed to at least 11am. As a result M27 Qs start at 3/M271, A35 and A326 also very busy as diversion (3/3) (07:57)— @TravelNewsSouth 25 February 2013
RT @HantsPolRoads: (A31 westbound closed) For Yeovil/Taunton/Exeter use M27 jnt 2, A36 to Salisbury then A303 to the West— @Hoops464 25 February 2013
Here is the latest from Hamsphire Police.
Inspector Robert Shaw, of Hampshire Constabulary, said: “The A31 westbound is closed at junction two.
"This means there is going to be significant congestion for any vehicles travelling westbound and there are some diversions which are in place but you can appreciate that the volume of traffic that uses the road is going to suffer some significant delays.
“It is anticipated that the road will be closed until at least 11am this morning.”
A little more detail has emerged on the accident.
It is believed to have involved a motorbike and a car.
Daily Echo photographer Paul Collins has sent this picture of the scene this morning.
A statement from Hampshire Police warning motorists of "significant congestion".
The crash happened near the Fish Inn at Ringwood, below.
Police say road could be closed until at least 11am
We are assisting Dorset Police with a serious RTI on the A31 westbound just past Ringwood. The road will be closed for some time.— @HantsPolRoads 24 February 2013
Crash happened between Ringwood and Ashley Heath at about 8pm last night.
Details of the crash not been revealed by Hampshire Police yet but thought to involve two vehicles.
RT @ROMANSE: #A31 #RINGWOOD - WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY CLOSED BETWEEN A338 & ASHLEY HEATH RBT due to a serious accident. Expect long delays.— @andysith 25 February 2013
To read the full story on the decision which has angered campaigners click here
More than 1,000 people had signed petition calling for action.
Highway chiefs have ruled that not enough motorists have been injured on the A31 to justify a reduction in the 70mph speed limit.
Accident comes just two days after Daily Echo revealed pleas to have speed limit slashed on A31 had been rejected.
Diversion is from M27 via A337 to Lyndhurst, A35 to Christchurch then A338 to rejoin the A31.
Traffic diverted across the New Forest - due to cause serious rush hour delays.
A major investigation into the crash has been launched by police.
Closures due to serious crash overnight near Ringwood.
A31 across the New Forest has also been shut westbound.
Motorway closed westbound from junctuion two.
Major crash has shut the M27 westbound this morning.