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Spectacular car accident on Fair Oak Road

April 15, 2012
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An Audi car ended up on its roof last night after a spectacular crash on the B3037 Bishopstoke road after clipping a kerb.

The police, ambulance and fire and rescue service all sped to the scene at about 8 pm last night but fortunately there were no serious injuries. Twitter user @d4ve0 who was driving past shortly after the accident captured the extraordinary sight (pictured above) and broadcast it on the social media network.

The silver Audi A3 had been travelling towards Eastleigh from Fair Oak when it is believed to have clipped the kerb,crossed the road, hit a lampost and overturned. No other vehicle was invovled and the driver a 58 year-old man was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Police are understood to be investigating the circumstances of the incident which occurred in the 30 mph section of the road however speed is not suspected as a factor

Eastleigh Police said:

“Fortunately the result of the crash was only damage to the vehicle and lamppost. Clearly this could have been significantly worse if the Audi had collided with an oncoming vehicle or pedestrian.”

On carriageway of the road was closed for 40 minutes while the vehicle was recovered.

Coincidentally there was another freak accident on Friday afternoon – involving another Audi just yards away from yesterday’s crash scene.

An Audi TT was in slow moving traffic followed by a Aprilia moped when a hub cap fell from a car travelling in the opposite direction to the line of traffic, rolled towards the Audi bouncing and hitting it causing the driver to brake suddenly. The moped rider, an 18 year- old Hedge End man collided with the Audi, falling from his bike. He was taken to hospital and later discharged with minor injuries.

Natalie Stanfield, a Bishopstoke resident has been leading a campaign to institute a 30 mph speed limit for the entire length of the B3037 including the stretch along Alan Drayton way – which is currently 40 mph – and collected 1,000 signatures in support. An assessment by Hampshire County Council showed that vehicles travelling on the road achieved a mean average speed of 30.7 mph and averaged 66 collisions per 100,000,000 vehicle kilometres.

The County Council have agreed to extend the 30 mph sections of the road to both ends of Alan Drayton way but the 40 mph limit on that section will remain.

Eastleigh police have pointed out that whilst speed is not believed to be a factor in either accident Pc Phil Warwick, the Safer Neighbourhoods officer for Fair Oak conducts regular speed enforcement checks along this stretch of road.

Main Photo: David Cox

see also: Locals in road speed plea

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5 Responses to Spectacular car accident on Fair Oak Road

  1. Peter Stewart on April 15, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    These two accidents prove what everybody concerned with road safety knows, that the speed limit has nothing whatsoever to do with accidents.

    It is tempting to think that lowering the speed limit will somehow reduce the risk of accidents, however (perhaps paradoxically to some) the lower the speed limit, the HIGHER the risk of a nasty accident. The reasons are not hard to fathom: Cars are driven by people, not machines. If the speed limit is too low, drivers become frustrated and distracted, or even angry. Such drivers are liable to make serious errors, often with fatal consequences.

    Luckily in both these accidents nobody was seriously hurt. However it just goes to show how safe the 40 mph section of Alan Drayton Way is, because over the last week there has not been one accident :-)

    • nairtselcyc on April 23, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Hello Peter,

      In a November comment you quote “Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom…the argument of tyrants…the creed of slaves” (William Pitt).

      I was so surprised you then tried to use this quote to justify current high speed limits. It just doesn’t work. The tyrant is the motorist that always pleas necessity, as you are.

      Motorists use necessity as their justification “I must get from A to B as quickly as possible without endangering myself”. They are indeed tyrants–whether they mean to or not, their aggregate behaviour makes other road users, especially child pedestrians and cyclists unable to enjoy the same freedoms.

      Speed limits are not just about getting from A to B without killing anyone, they are about preserving and improving quality of life for those who walk, live and go to school in our shared public spaces known as streets.

  2. Peter Stewart on April 15, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Speed is a significant contributory factor in only a very small number of accidents.

  3. John Edwards English Democrat on April 16, 2012 at 10:12 am

    For those who wish to see lower speed limits on many of our roads, its clear such imposed lower limits would not have had an effect on this or inded, many other accidents. There will alawys be those who flout the law.

    This is where a greater police prescence on our roads is desperatly needed. Cutting police numbers at a time when the population is growing and traffic numbers consequently grow has to be a contributing factor to road traffic accidents. Arming well meaning residents with speed guns will also not stop such accidents.

    • nairtselcyc on April 23, 2012 at 9:00 am

      “Speed was not a factor in this incident” – rubbish. Something has to be moving for there to be a collision.

      For sake of argument let’s say that this driver was texting someone at 35mph and lost concentration. Can you really tell me that there would be no difference if same had happened at 25mph? Impact energy would be halved, car probably wouldn’t have been written off. Driver maybe not even too shaken.

      Another point is this. Speed limits are not just about the number of people that are killed or seriously injured. Slowing traffic improves quality of life for everyone outside a car, especially children. Take a look at http://www.20splentyforuk.org.uk/rationale_for_20_mph.htm

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