Appeal after fatal crash takes place on busy motorway

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PEOPLE are being urged to come forward with details after a man died when his car hit the central reservation of the M27.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash, which happened yesterday at 9am.

The large, dark, 4x4 vehicle, which the 56-year-old man was driving, struck the crash barrier around 600m past the westbound on-slip road at Junction 9 westbound near Whiteley.

He was taken to hospital where he was declared dead.

Police and paramedics were called and a lane was closed until 11am.

A spokeswoman from South Central Ambulance Service said: ‘We were called at 9am to reports of a car colliding with the central reservation. We sent an ambulance crew, two ambulance officers a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic. They assessed one man and took him in a life-threatening condition to Southampton General Hospital.’

Police are asking anyone who saw the incident or the vehicle beforehand to contact them as they may have important information about what caused the crash.

PC Dan Golding at Totton Roads Policing Unit said: ‘We want to get a clearer picture of what has gone on.

‘I need people to tell me what they saw. It was peak commuting time so there were plenty of people on the carriageway, both east and westbound.’

He said the dark-coloured 4x4 was ‘distinctive’ but he did not want to give more details as the man’s family were being notified.

PC Golding said: ‘Somebody has died and we need to establish why. It does not get any more serious than that.

‘Anyone who has lost a loved one wants to know why it has happened and that’s what we are here to get – answers.’

Witnesses are asked to contact PC Golding by calling 101 quoting Operation Heka.

The crash caused delays westbound from Junction 9 to Junction 4 and eastbound from Junction 2 to Junction 4.