A LORRY driver has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving while under the influence of drugs after three people were killed in a four-vehicle crash on the A303.

Andover was brought to a standstill when the dual-carriageway was closed for 21 hours from Wednesday to Thursday after a Vauxhall Astra, food delivery van, a lorry and recovery truck were in a collision shortly before 8.40am.

Police said three people, from separate vehicles, died at the scene. Their families have been informed.

The lorry driver, a 38-year-old man from Donnington in Shropshire, has been arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs and causing death by dangerous driving.

He has been released under investigation.

Detective Constable Cate Paling said: “We are keen to speak with anyone who witnessed the collision, or the moments leading up to it, particularly anyone with dash cam footage.

“In the immediate moments after the collision, a small white car with a black roof passed the scene and we believe they may be an important witness.

“Anyone who can assist our enquiries should call 101, quoting the reference 44210338980.”

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