Lorry driver dies after suffering heart attack at the wheel

A LORRY driver who suffered a heart attack while at the wheel on the A34 has died, Hampshire police have confirmed. Police were called to the southbound carriageway at South Wonston at 6.19am on August 24 after the vehicle had stopped at the side of the road. The ambulance service was also at the scene, with two crews and a Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) assessing and treating the driver, a 59-year-old man from Lancashire.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene and his next of kin are being supported by specialist officers. A police spokesperson said: “Police were called at 6.19am on 24 August after the driver of an articulated truck suffered a medical episode while driving on the A34. The vehicle had come to a stop at the side of the road, partially on the carriageway.

“The driver, a 59-year-old man from Lancashire, was pronounced dead at the scene. “His next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers. “The incident is not being treated as suspicious at this time.

A file will be prepared for the coroner.

“A lane closure was put in place until the vehicle was recovered just after 9am.”

An inquest has yet to be opened into his death by Hampshire Coroners’ Service.