A FUNDRAISING campaign has been launched to help the families of two workmates who were killed in a crash on the A326.

The motorcyclists were travelling along the Marchwood stretch of the busy commuter route when they were involved in a collision with a van.

Now an online appeal has been started by Lauren Maidment and her partner Ian, who worked with both men. They hope to raise £4,000.

A statement on the organiser's GoFundMe page says: "As you may know our beloved friends sadly passed away after being involved in a fatal accident.

"They have left behind families who loved them beyond words and many friends who will miss them dearly.

"Their friends are willing to do whatever it takes to help take some of the strain off their families, who have been left with a huge hole within their hearts."

The statement says the two men as "amazing characters" who "played a massive part within their working community".

It adds: "The workforce will not be the same without them."

Police are still investigating the cause of the accident, which occurred at the junction of the A326 and Twiggs Lane at 6.15am on Wednesday.

A police spokesman said: "A blue Mercedes Sprinter van was involved in a collision with a black Honda motorcycle and a white Yamaha motorcycle on the A326 Bypass.

"The drivers of both motorcycles, a 38-year-old man from Gosport and a 49-year-old man from Southampton, sadly died at the scene.

"Their next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers at this time."

Twiggs Lane and the A326 was closed for several hours, resulting in the temporary closure of Marchwood Infant School and Twiggs Lane Pre-School, which are next to the junction.

Floral tributes have been left at the scene of the crash.