Driver is killed after two lorries collide on the A34

Police and recovery crews at the scene of yesterday’s crash, on the A34 southbound, south of Marcham Picture: Greg Blatchford

Police and recovery crews at the scene of yesterday’s crash, on the A34 southbound, south of Marcham Picture: Greg Blatchford

First published in News Bicester Advertiser: Photograph of the Author by , Council Reporter, also covering Oxford city centre. Call me on 01865 425429

AN INCIDENT involving a dead badger led to a lorry driver dying in hospital and one of Oxfordshire’s main roads grinding to a halt yesterday.

Drivers were delayed for up to an hour as three of the four lanes of the A34 were closed for nine hours while police investigated and wreckage was cleared.

Last night Thames Valley Police said the incident would be referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Two lorries collided while a police officer was removing a dead badger from the A34 at Marcham at 3am yesterday.

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley, said: “I am sure there will be an inquiry into this but it sounds like a very unfortunate accident. It will certainly be looked into.”

Police officers were called to the southbound carriageway of the A34 at 3am after reports that a dead badger was causing an obstruction.

Traffic was slowed down so the badger could be removed, but while this was happening the two vehicles collided.

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The driver of one of the lorries – which was owned by supermarket chain Budgens – was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford but later died of his injuries.

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Yesterday morning the southbound carriageway of the A34 was closed between Botley and Didcot, while one lane was kept open on the northbound carriageway between Didcot and Abingdon.

The road was fully reopened shortly after midday.

A spokeswoman for Musgrave, the parent company of Budgens, said: “I can confirm that tragically a Budgens lorry has been involved in a fatal incident on the A34.

“We are working closely with the police to support them with their inquiries.”

She did not confirm the identity of the driver.

Deaths and serious injuries which may have been caused by someone serving with the police have to be referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Thames Valley Police spokeswoman Rhianne Pope said that if a dead animal is causing an obstruction on the road and it is dangerous, then officers can be asked to remove it.

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The force has confirmed that after discussing the issue with the IPCC, the incident was referred to the watchdog yesterday afternoon.

A spokesman for the IPCC said: “We will be carrying out an assessment to determine the level of our involvement.”

Highways Agency spokesman Katie Thompson said an assessment of the carriageway would need to be carried out to find out if any damage had been caused to the road surface.

She added that if repair work is required, it would be carried out overnight.

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9:47am Sat 22 Feb 14

Englishman says...

Can someone explain, why in this day of modern technology, cameras, etc whenever there is an accident of this nature it takes so long to reopen a major transport artery.
Can someone explain, why in this day of modern technology, cameras, etc whenever there is an accident of this nature it takes so long to reopen a major transport artery. Englishman
  • Score: -9

1:36pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Muckaway says...

Englishman wrote:
Can someone explain, why in this day of modern technology, cameras, etc whenever there is an accident of this nature it takes so long to reopen a major transport artery.
Have you seen the size of the tow truck used to pull the victims' lorry? There isn't a yard full of those in Abingdon just waiting for an accident to happen. The lorries involved have to have their loads stabilised (the one in the picture is a Budgens supermarket lorry so is carrying shop roll cages), fuel tanks have to be drained or bunged, if the air system's damaged the brakes will be stuck on..If the other lorry was carrying an ADR (hazchem) certified load that will
be rigorously checked before anyone moves it.
[quote][p][bold]Englishman[/bold] wrote: Can someone explain, why in this day of modern technology, cameras, etc whenever there is an accident of this nature it takes so long to reopen a major transport artery.[/p][/quote]Have you seen the size of the tow truck used to pull the victims' lorry? There isn't a yard full of those in Abingdon just waiting for an accident to happen. The lorries involved have to have their loads stabilised (the one in the picture is a Budgens supermarket lorry so is carrying shop roll cages), fuel tanks have to be drained or bunged, if the air system's damaged the brakes will be stuck on..If the other lorry was carrying an ADR (hazchem) certified load that will be rigorously checked before anyone moves it. Muckaway
  • Score: 14

1:39pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Muckaway says...

No the lorry wasn't owned by Budgens, it was owned/operated by Musgraves (read the door), on contract haulage to Budgens.
No the lorry wasn't owned by Budgens, it was owned/operated by Musgraves (read the door), on contract haulage to Budgens. Muckaway
  • Score: -1

2:17pm Sat 22 Feb 14

mingthemerciless says...

Muckaway, you are spot on! I take it that Englishman is more concerned about his inconvenience, than that of a fatality
Muckaway, you are spot on! I take it that Englishman is more concerned about his inconvenience, than that of a fatality mingthemerciless
  • Score: 13

4:06pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Muckaway says...

mingthemerciless wrote:
Muckaway, you are spot on! I take it that Englishman is more concerned about his inconvenience, than that of a fatality
I would like to add a tip or two to anyone who may be inconvenienced in the future at an accident involving hgvs;
If safe to do so, have a look at the trucks' front grille. If it has a drop down orange square on display, it is carrying something under ADR regs. Could be gas bottles, chemicals or something simple like deodorant cans. There will be an emergency number on the trailer to call or report to the police too.
Another clue is if the lorry or trailer has a fire extinguisher stored on the bodywork. All ADR carrying vehicles have to have one.
Also don't investigate bulges in the trailer curtains; If the load topples the curtains may not hold the weight (most are simply weather-shields).
[quote][p][bold]mingthemerciless[/bold] wrote: Muckaway, you are spot on! I take it that Englishman is more concerned about his inconvenience, than that of a fatality[/p][/quote]I would like to add a tip or two to anyone who may be inconvenienced in the future at an accident involving hgvs; If safe to do so, have a look at the trucks' front grille. If it has a drop down orange square on display, it is carrying something under ADR regs. Could be gas bottles, chemicals or something simple like deodorant cans. There will be an emergency number on the trailer to call or report to the police too. Another clue is if the lorry or trailer has a fire extinguisher stored on the bodywork. All ADR carrying vehicles have to have one. Also don't investigate bulges in the trailer curtains; If the load topples the curtains may not hold the weight (most are simply weather-shields). Muckaway
  • Score: 1

4:07pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Muckaway says...

I would like to add a tip or two to anyone who may be inconvenienced in the future at an accident involving hgvs;
If safe to do so, have a look at the trucks' front grille. If it has a drop down orange square on display, it is carrying something under ADR regs. Could be gas bottles, chemicals or something simple like deodorant cans. There will be an emergency number on the trailer to call or report to the police too.
Another clue is if the lorry or trailer has a fire extinguisher stored on the bodywork. All ADR carrying vehicles have to have one.
Also don't investigate bulges in the trailer curtains; If the load topples the curtains may not hold the weight (most are simply weather-shields).
I would like to add a tip or two to anyone who may be inconvenienced in the future at an accident involving hgvs; If safe to do so, have a look at the trucks' front grille. If it has a drop down orange square on display, it is carrying something under ADR regs. Could be gas bottles, chemicals or something simple like deodorant cans. There will be an emergency number on the trailer to call or report to the police too. Another clue is if the lorry or trailer has a fire extinguisher stored on the bodywork. All ADR carrying vehicles have to have one. Also don't investigate bulges in the trailer curtains; If the load topples the curtains may not hold the weight (most are simply weather-shields). Muckaway
  • Score: -3

8:03pm Sat 22 Feb 14

JamesNN says...

Is it me or is that picture not the A34 at Marcham. It doesn't look like any stretch of the A34 from Milton to Oxford.

Thoughts are with the family of the drivers involved.
Is it me or is that picture not the A34 at Marcham. It doesn't look like any stretch of the A34 from Milton to Oxford. Thoughts are with the family of the drivers involved. JamesNN
  • Score: 1

11:49am Sun 23 Feb 14

gazza2901 says...

Muckaway wrote:
No the lorry wasn't owned by Budgens, it was owned/operated by Musgraves (read the door), on contract haulage to Budgens.
Musgrave own Budgens
[quote][p][bold]Muckaway[/bold] wrote: No the lorry wasn't owned by Budgens, it was owned/operated by Musgraves (read the door), on contract haulage to Budgens.[/p][/quote]Musgrave own Budgens gazza2901
  • Score: 2

12:08pm Sun 23 Feb 14

gazza2901 says...

Englishman wrote:
Can someone explain, why in this day of modern technology, cameras, etc whenever there is an accident of this nature it takes so long to reopen a major transport artery.
Have some respect, it's no good rushing. The driver was a lovely bloke on his way to do store deliveries . Unfortunately he is not going home to his family.His family & work colleagues have lost a top bloke...RIP JOSE
[quote][p][bold]Englishman[/bold] wrote: Can someone explain, why in this day of modern technology, cameras, etc whenever there is an accident of this nature it takes so long to reopen a major transport artery.[/p][/quote]Have some respect, it's no good rushing. The driver was a lovely bloke on his way to do store deliveries . Unfortunately he is not going home to his family.His family & work colleagues have lost a top bloke...RIP JOSE gazza2901
  • Score: 11

12:53pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Englishman says...

All I ask was a simple question that Muckaway answered in his first response yet some people like MingtheMerciless jump straight to the idea that I am more concerned about inconvenience. You cannot be more wrong.
All I ask was a simple question that Muckaway answered in his first response yet some people like MingtheMerciless jump straight to the idea that I am more concerned about inconvenience. You cannot be more wrong. Englishman
  • Score: 3

2:52pm Mon 24 Feb 14

rowdy says...

Perhaps it should be made law that lorry drivers wear seat belts to..................
.................!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!
Perhaps it should be made law that lorry drivers wear seat belts to.................. .................!!! !!!!!!!!!!! rowdy
  • Score: 0

11:00pm Mon 24 Feb 14

badger77 says...

JamesNN wrote:
Is it me or is that picture not the A34 at Marcham. It doesn't look like any stretch of the A34 from Milton to Oxford.

Thoughts are with the family of the drivers involved.
Marcham is between Milton & Oxford
[quote][p][bold]JamesNN[/bold] wrote: Is it me or is that picture not the A34 at Marcham. It doesn't look like any stretch of the A34 from Milton to Oxford. Thoughts are with the family of the drivers involved.[/p][/quote]Marcham is between Milton & Oxford badger77
  • Score: -1

10:42am Tue 25 Feb 14

JamesNN says...

badger77 wrote:
JamesNN wrote:
Is it me or is that picture not the A34 at Marcham. It doesn't look like any stretch of the A34 from Milton to Oxford.

Thoughts are with the family of the drivers involved.
Marcham is between Milton & Oxford
I know exactly where Marcham is thanks - what I was saying is that isn't the A34 at Marcham, where the accident was supposed to have happened. I drive on the A34 every day and don't believe this picture was taken on the A34 as I certainly don't recognise it.
[quote][p][bold]badger77[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JamesNN[/bold] wrote: Is it me or is that picture not the A34 at Marcham. It doesn't look like any stretch of the A34 from Milton to Oxford. Thoughts are with the family of the drivers involved.[/p][/quote]Marcham is between Milton & Oxford[/p][/quote]I know exactly where Marcham is thanks - what I was saying is that isn't the A34 at Marcham, where the accident was supposed to have happened. I drive on the A34 every day and don't believe this picture was taken on the A34 as I certainly don't recognise it. JamesNN
  • Score: -1

1:06pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Savebotley says...

There are many ways of seeing what the traffic is like on the A34. BEFORE you get on it. I never understand why people insist on joining a road where the traffic is not moving. May be some of them enjoy a relaxing time listening to the radio...
Also in major cases like this one why cars are not diverted by police?
There are many ways of seeing what the traffic is like on the A34. BEFORE you get on it. I never understand why people insist on joining a road where the traffic is not moving. May be some of them enjoy a relaxing time listening to the radio... Also in major cases like this one why cars are not diverted by police? Savebotley
  • Score: 0

1:59pm Mon 3 Mar 14

seaside_boy says...

rowdy wrote:
Perhaps it should be made law that lorry drivers wear seat belts to..................

.................!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!
what a vile person! The article doesn't even mention anything about seatbelts. Did you ever think that maybe the family of this man would read these comments! They've lost someone very dear to them! Pathetic comments like yours aren't needed. Lets hope you never lose someone in this way and then have to read comments from internet trolls that cause more harm then good!
[quote][p][bold]rowdy[/bold] wrote: Perhaps it should be made law that lorry drivers wear seat belts to.................. .................!!! !!!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]what a vile person! The article doesn't even mention anything about seatbelts. Did you ever think that maybe the family of this man would read these comments! They've lost someone very dear to them! Pathetic comments like yours aren't needed. Lets hope you never lose someone in this way and then have to read comments from internet trolls that cause more harm then good! seaside_boy
  • Score: -2

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