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Fatal A3 Accident in Ripley

Published on: 15 Sep, 2014
Updated on: 17 Sep, 2014

Police accident signSurrey Police is appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision on the A3 in the early hours of this morning (September 15).

A police statement reads: “Officers were called to the southbound carriageway at just after 3am following reports that a white Volvo lorry had collided with a pedestrian just after Ripley services.”

Emergency services attended the scene where a man had suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead by paramedics shortly after.

The southbound A3 is currently closed at Ockham while an investigation is carried out.

Officers are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or the events leading up to it to contact police. Anyone with information is asked to call the Surrey Police Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference P14267714.

Last week a pedestrian was killed when struck by a lorry on the A31 Hog’s Back near Puttenham.


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Responses to Fatal A3 Accident in Ripley

  1. Bernard Parke Reply

    September 15, 2014 at 10:35 am

    This is the second fatality in a week. Could this be that there are fewer police patrols these days due to cut backs ?

    The conditions of the roads do not help, perhaps a road tax could be levied on all cars as some vehicles no longer pay for the up keep of the roads.

    Heavy congestion does not help either, yet this is discounted when plans are lay down for further building in an area which cannot cope now.

  2. Jim Allen Reply

    September 15, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    A few things come to mind:

    1. Is walking on the Tarmac on a ‘clearway’ sensible?
    2. Should the Local Plan allocate land for road widening, to allow for a footpath?
    3. Should the policy on roads discourage micromanagement of traffic light controls and encourage the free flowing of traffic?
    4/ When these accidents happen should we not be considering how we handle the tail backs rather than leaving them sitting polluting our air – perhaps the second wave of police on the scene should be ensuring all trapped traffic is freed and no additional traffic can join the end of the jam, while the accident investigation unit spend six hours investigating – what could easily be investigated in a quarter of the time, if the will was there [cine cameras, technology and recording technology are all available].

    I note the spread of accidents on the A3 are ‘along its length’ M25 to Guildford suggesting lack of concentration is the major cause on this road (save for people walking, when there is no provision for pedestrians).

  3. Terry Stevenson Reply

    September 15, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Both incidents only serve to highlight the perils of pedestrians wandering along the verges of busy trunk and main roads, where there are no pedestrian facilities, and it is unlikely there is a huge demand for them.

    Although it is not an offence, perhaps such roads need to be considered more akin to motorways, in relation to their use by pedestrians, mopeds under 50cc etc.

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