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Police name 40-year-old man killed in fatal Winchester collision
POLICE have named a 40-year-old man who was killed when his 4x4 collided with a lorry near Winchester on Thursday.
It was rush hour when Alexander Ridge, who was driving a silver Dodge, crashed on the A303/A30 junction at Bullington Cross.
Mr Ridge, of Union Street, Farnborough, was cut free from the wreckage by firefighters but died at the scene just before 9am.
On Monday (September 9) his family paid tribute to him in a statement.
“Alex was a wonderful son, husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He had an amazing ability to see the best in everyone and always tried to help anyone in need,” they said.
The lorry driver, a 42-year-old man from the West Midlands, was uninjured but was described by police as “very shocked.”
On Friday (September 6) officers made a fresh appeal for the driver of the car directly behind Mr Ridge’s to come forward.
Sergeant Darren Brown, leading the investigation, said: “We believe that the driver of this car could have seen the crash happen and may therefore be a really important witness to help us establish the facts. We would urge that driver to please call us as soon as possible as the information they provide could prove vital to us.”
The accident caused severe traffic disruption with the A303 closed at the Bullington Cross interchange in both directions until 4pm.
Adding to the congestion was the closure of the A34 northbound lane, which remained shut on Thursday morning, the result of late finishing overnight road works.
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