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Fatal cycle crash causing traffic chaos in city
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- Male cyclist in collision with multiple vehicles
- Rider died at the scene on Mountbatten Way
- Accident happened at 8.48am on heading into city
- Two men arrested in connection with crash
- Road fully reopened at 4pm
- Victim a 48-year-old man from Wimbourne
With the road now being fully reopened and traffic back to normal, we will be closing this live blog. We will post any further updates as brand new stories, should they arise.
Just went through Mountbatten Way and you wouldn't even know that someone has lost their life down there. RIP. Thoughts are with his family.— @pichouette_girl 17 December 2012
The Southampton Romanse project is not reporting any 'abnormal' congestion on the western approach into Southampton, meaning it should be a relatively clear rush hour for motorists driving home this evening.
Police arrested two men on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. They are a West End man, 37, who was driving a white Ford Transit minibus, and a Fordingbridge man, 56, who was driving a silver Mercedes coupe.
They both remain in custody.
Police have revealed that the cyclist was a 48-year-old man from Wimborne, Dorset.
A Home Office pathologist will conduct a post mortem on Thursday, December 20, at Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester.
A33 Mountbatten Way; RTA now cleared. Road fully open.— @scchighways 17 December 2012
All lanes on Mountbatten Way have now reopened, although it will take some time for traffic to return to normal.
Google StreetView showing the location of the accident.
Lots of tributes to the cyclist are being left by readers on our Facebook page, including this from Selina Marie Nyiro, who said: "So sad being so near to Christmas. My thoughts are with the family and friends."
@ROMANSE just walked down Shirley High Street and its complete chaos. Lots of people losing their temper and beeping at each other!— @brendonvbone 17 December 2012
Velvet S2 1515 Shirley - City is not running between Shirley and Springhill School but will start on time from Springhill School— @velvetbus 17 December 2012
#Southampton: sit rep - roads horrendous but starting to look better. Still long delays to all services due to the road closure at Millbrook— @FirstHampshire 17 December 2012
Traffic on Millbrook Road West.
The reopening of one lane has helped ease the queue of cars which had earlier stretched as far back as junction one on the M271.
However, motorists are still queuing as far away as Millbrook while the remaining two lanes are still closed.
The Southampton Cycling Campaign's media spokesman, Dilys Gartside, calls this morning’s tragedy “desperately sad” adding that it will do “a lot of damage” to the confidence of those learning to cycle in the city.
According to Southampton City Council's highways department, one lane on the eastbound Mountbatten Way has now reopened.
Mountbatten Way RTA. One lane inbound has now re-opened. Avoid if possible, expect delays.— @scchighways 17 December 2012
The diversion from Millbrook Road West up along Paynes Road is having a knock-on effect in Shirley, with traffic there slowing down as well, especially on Shirley High Street.
Southampton junction of M27 to the city centre 2 hours 20 minutes— @MikeGray1996 17 December 2012
The ambulance service has said they were called to the scene at 8.44am and sent an ambulance crew, rapid response vehicle and a ambulance officer.
They also sent the Air Ambulance and they attended one patient, who died at the scene.
Traffic being diverted up along Paynes Road from Millbrook Road West/Mountbatten Way.
Police on Mountbatten Way are currently awaiting the arrival of a recovery lorry to take away one of the vehicles involved in the incident.
Mountbatten Way still closed following RTA. Traffic is being diverted along Paynes Road. Expect delays and avoid area if possible.— @scchighways 17 December 2012
A police spokeswoman has described the traffic situation in Southampton as 'black'.
Parts of the city's road network are like a car park, with traffic stacking up as far back as junction one on the M271.
Police are appealing for witnesses who saw the collision or who saw the cyclist prior to the incident.
He was wearing a bright orange fluorescent jacket.
Anyone with information is asked to ring 101 and ask for Operation Ruddy at the Road Death Investigation Team at Eastleigh.
This photo was taken this morning showing where police have closed Mountbatten Way for road users coming into the city.
The cars bearing off to the left are heading up Paynes Road.
As well as this live blogs, any traffic updates relating to this incident will be posted on our live traffic and travel service.
@velvetbus and @BluestarHQ are joining us in the solid queue that is Southampton. Our 1, 2, 2A, X2, 3, 10, 11 and S1 all severely disrupted.— @FirstHampshire 17 December 2012
#Cyclist killed in road crash on major city route. The same route I take #ThinkBike #Southampton http://t.co/dMUynBC1— @F1ChrisTaylor 17 December 2012
The accident happened on Mountbatten Way between the Paynes Road slip road and the junction with West Quay Road.
As things currently stand, Mountbatten Way is open for motorists leaving Southampton city centre, while those coming into the city are still being diverted.
Furthermore, bus services 6, 8, 9, 11 and 12 are being diverted along alternative routes, meaning passengers may have to board and alight at different stops.
Earlier, Mountbatten Way, where the incident happened, was closed in both directions from Southern Road and West Quay Road until the the junction with Regents Park Road.
This was later altered so traffic coming from the west was diverted up along Paynes Road and via Shirley.
Following the fatal crash this morning involving a cyclist and multiple vehicles, there are long delays for people coming into Southampton from the west.