Complex operation to recover overturned van on M275

The overturned van on the M275. Picture: Jason Kay/UKNIP
The overturned van on the M275. Picture: Jason Kay/UKNIP

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The operation to recover a van that had overturned on the M275 was complex due to the number of vehicles involved, a recovery firm has said.

The motorway has now been reopened after the accident had initially blocked the route out of Portsmouth, but delays continue around the city.

The van overturned on the northbound carriageway, just before the Tipner junction, shortly after midday.

Fareham firm Boarhunt was in charge of recovering the van, as well as two cars that had also overturned in the incident.

Boarhunt transport manager Colin Ryan said the recovery was complex because there were three vehicles involved.

He said: ‘The whole operation to recover all of the vehicles took about an hour and a half.

‘One car was on its roof and the other was on its side.

‘That is why it took so long - we had to get the van out of the way first, and then recover the cars.’

Boarhunt sent three recovery trucks to the scene, and all three were needed to right the van.

‘We used two of the units to right the van, and used the third unit to stop it from going back over,’ Mr Ryan added.