Roadside technician killed while recovering broken down vehicle

Worker hit by van while and pronounced dead at the scene

Roadside technician killed while recovering broken down vehicle
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A recovery worked has died after being hit by a vehicle on a major Hampshire road while tending to a broken down vehicle.

The 54-year-old man from Southampton was recovering a broken down vehicle on Monday (21 February) when he was hit by a Mercedes Vito vehicle on the M3.

The collision happened on the M3 at Chandler’s Ford between junctions 13 and 14.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His family have been notified and are now being supported by specially trained officers.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary said: “Officers are appealing for information following a fatal road traffic collision on the M3 at Chandlers Ford.

“At around 11.25pm on Monday, February 21 a Mercedes Vito vehicle and a pedestrian were in collision on the M3 between junctions 13 and 14.

“The pedestrian, a 54-year-old man from Southampton, was pronounced dead at the scene.

“He was a recovery operative who was working to recover a broken down vehicle.”

A witness appeal has now been launched by police.


  1. As an ex breakdown and recovery driver of close to 50 years Ive been hit twice on motorways by non attentive drivers Once seriously and once just clipped once as I dived for cover. These drivers are either inattentive or otherwise impaired or distracted and they need to be banned for ten years minimum or jailed if injuries or death occurs. Its obvious with the beacons going and hazards on and cones out that something is occurring SLOW DOWN MOVE OVER!!!!!!! Or if impaired DONT DRIVE!! My heat goes out to the family of this driver and all others that have suffered under similar circumstances. Recovery Drivers are paid a pittance for the risks they are taking on today’s roads And that needs attending to too. Clubs should be paying realistic call outs so the drivers can get paid appropriately. Rip bud!

  2. In keeping with Bryn we mourn the loss of a colleagues. One of the problems with vehicle recovery is that the recovery technician is always reliant on the oncoming traffic to take avoiding action. However, there is a much better way whereby the recovery vehicle has a radar system like parking sensors that will give an audible signal to the technician when an approaching vehicle is on a collision course with the recovery operation that will give the technician around 8 seconds to move out of harms way. Far better than the ‘Slowdown and Move Over’ campaign currently adopted by the recovery industry. The Highways Agency use this system on their impact vehicles. The recovery vehicle will normally be in front of the casualty vehicle so the equipment would need to be detachable mounted on like an ‘A’ board. I would urge those representing the vehicle recovery industry to work with the Highway Agency to share the necessary technology which will guarantee a much safer working environment.

  3. I would not like to do the job as a MOT TESTER and mechanic I have enough grief . sorry for the family

  4. God bless Recovery operatives and there Families, shame on the van driver.
    Didn’t work in this case

  5. Very sorry to hear another colleague has been killed by an inattentive driver something has got to change about the warning system especially on main roads but it’s hard to think what would be an effective solution thats able to be used easily


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