Impact from M27 closure may continue into Friday

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M27 Motorway Repair

The Meon Valley is likely to continue to be impacted by the ongoing closure of the M27 between junction 9 and Junction 5 following a fatal collsion and vehicle fire yesterday.

The closure is to allow for an overhead gantry to be removed following the incdient which occurred yesterday and may continue into tomorrow.

There were heavy delays across the Meon Valley this morning and long tailbacks on the A32 due to drivers trying to find alternative routes.

National Highways said: “This is complex work and the closure is expected to remain in place throughout the day and possibly into the night while the gantry is removed.”

Police are appealing for witnesses and information following the collision in which a lorry driver, a man in his 30s, died.

Police were called shortly after 12.30pm yesterday to reports of a serious multi-vehicle collision at junction 5 of the M27 involving a Mercedes lorry, Nissan Juke and Volkswagen Polo.

A spokesperson for Hampshire Police said: “A woman, who was in the Nissan, reported minor injuries. Several hours after the collision, the lorry caught fire, and a gantry has been damaged. Officers have launched an investigation and three people have been arrested.

“A 32-year-old man, a 37-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman, all of no fixed abode, have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. They have been taken to hospital.

“Officers are appealing for witnesses and dashcam footage. “Were you in the area at the time of the collision? Did you see anything that could help? Do you have dashcam footage?
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting the reference 44240076451. Alternatively, go online and submit information via https://orlo.uk/bq9jB “

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