A WOMAN has died and three others remain in hospital with injuries after a car smashed into a tree.

Emergency services swarmed to School Lane in Hamble just before 9pm on Thursday, after reports of a single-vehicle crash in which a car failed to negotiate a tight bend and hit a tree.

The 18-year-old woman, who was a passenger in the silver Toyota Aygo, was taken to Southampton General Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

She is yet to be formally identified by the Police but her next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

Hamble residents were left shocked and alarmed during the incident, which saw Hampshire Police, South Central Ambulance Service and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service all rush to the scene.

Emma, 40, who lives on Sylvan Lane right next to School Lane said: "There was flashing lights everywhere, it's so sad, I feel awful for the families of those involved. That road is notorious for people driving so fast, it was only a matter of time before something terrible like this happens."

Another resident, who chose not to be named, added: "This is so local and close to home, it's incredibly sad. They need to reduce the speed of the road and kids need to stay away from it, something like this happens once a year! If you hit a tree, it's game over - it's as simple as that."

When questioned about the "deadly road", Hamble councillor Malcolm Cross commented: "It is very so awful for the parents, especially at this time of year. My thoughts are with the family, and all of the people who were injured. The road really needs to be looked at, it's really dodgy and people need to always drive slowly."

South Central Ambulance Service confirmed that four ambulances were in attendance, as well as a rapid response vehicle and the Hazardous Area Response Team were all present at the scene.

A spokesperson said: "One patient in a life-threatening condition was taken to the major trauma unit at University Hospital Southampton; three further patients with less serious injuries were also taken to UHS."

A Hampshire Constabulary statement said: "Investigations into the exact circumstances of the collision are ongoing and we are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the silver Aygo in the Hamble area prior to the incident.

"Anyone with information is asked to contact us on 101, quoting 44190438205. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."