Hampshire & Isle of Wight

A31 Ringwood crash driver dies after hitting lorry

Scene of crash
Image caption The BMW struck the lorry before coming to a stop down the carriageway

A 53-year-old man has been killed after crashing into the back of a stationary lorry on the A31 in Hampshire.

BMW driver Ross Lipsett, from Ringwood, hit the Scania lorry, which was parked in a lay-by, on the westbound carriageway near Ringwood on Tuesday.

The warehouse worker died after the incident at Poulner Hill.

All lanes of the westbound A31 were closed with tailbacks of more than four miles reported earlier.

The eastbound carriageway also experienced delays while drivers slowed near the scene of the crash.

Motorists were diverted via the A35 to Christchurch.

Fenella Gilleney's partner Terry Booth, from Ferndown in Dorset, was killed on the same stretch of road in June 2008.

Safety measures

The recovery truck driver was trying to restart a car near Ringwood when he was hit by a car.

Image caption Terry Booth was trying to restart a car when he was hit by a car

Since the incident Ms Gilleney has campaigned for safety measures such as lighting and rumble strips to be put in place.

She said she was "deeply saddened" to hear that someone else had died on the carriageway.

"It is pitch black there early in the morning and at night and it is very dangerous," she said.

"A lot of people use that road - especially in the summer when they going on holiday to Bournemouth - and it becomes treacherous.

The driver of the Chrysler which hit Mr Booth was jailed in 2009 for causing death by dangerous driving.

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