A Mercedes driver has died in the A3 crash that caused the road to be shut in both directions on Friday (June 3). The woman, aged in her 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene, say Surrey Police.
Police officers were scrambled to the northbound carriageway after receiving numerous calls that a motorist was driving down the wrong side of the road. A silver Mercedes then crashed with another vehicle – which was travelling in the correct direction – at around 2.50am.
An air ambulance was called and paramedics fought to save the driver of the Mercedes, but she died at the scene. Her next of kin are aware. The front seat passenger was rushed to hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the other vehicle was treated for “less serious injuries”, say police.
The crash, by the Wooden Bridge near the Stoke slip road, caused the road to be shut in both directions for most of the morning as officers carried out their investigation. The southbound carriageway reopened more than five hours later at around 8.20am. The northbound carriageway fully reopened an hour later.
A spokesperson for Surrey Police said: “Officers responded to numerous reports that a silver Mercedes was seen driving the wrong way on the northbound carriageway. The Mercedes then collided with a vehicle travelling in the correct direction.
“The woman, who was in her 40s, was the driver of the Mercedes. She was treated at the scene but was sadly pronounced dead shortly afterwards. Her next of kin are aware. The road has now fully reopened but was closed for several hours while emergency services dealt with the incident. The air ambulance was also in attendance.
“We are also appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or have any dashcam footage to contact us and assist with our investigation. If you have any information which could help, please contact us quoting reference number PR/45220058537 via:
“If you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”