A “DEATHTRAP” road in Hampshire has been named as one of the most dangerous in the UK, just over a week after a 56-year-old woman died in a fatal crash on it.

Gena Close, from Amesbury, was a passenger in a Mazda on the A32 Wickham Road near Droxford when the car collided with an Audi A4 shortly before 5pm on Wednesday, August 23.

Mrs Close was rushed to hospital following the crash but was pronounced dead a short time later.

Now an investigation by Quartix has named the A32 through the Meon Valley and North Fareham as the fifth most hazardous for drivers in the country after the vehicle telematics firm analysed driving habits on numerous rural, single-lane carriageways with 60mph speed limits.

According to Hampshire Constabulary, there were 15 collisions on the A32 last year and seven in the first six months of this year.

Councillor Sean Woodward, the leader of Fareham Borough Council, said: “Drivers need to treat the speed limit as a maximum, not a target.

“It’s a busy country road and people need to drive according to the conditions and not the speed limit.”

“I would advise any new drivers to take the Advanced Driving Test run by the Institute of Advanced Motorists.”

Last February William Houghton died after suffering a serious head injury in a collision on the A32 near Wickham.

Mr Houghton, from Buckinghamshire, was rushed to hospital after the collision with the Citroen C3, close to Hoads Hill, but died a short time later.

Corhampton and Meonstoke Parish councillor Sue Walker said she was concerned about the way people rode motorbikes along the road: “The speed at which motorbikes travel down the A32 is like a third runway, particularly through the villages. They also do wheelies.”