Hampshire transport chief pays tribute to fatal M27 crash victim

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HAMPSHIRE’S transport chief has paid tribute to the person who lost their life in this morning’s M27 crash.

Police confirmed a person died after a lorry and a car crashed just before Junction 9 of the eastbound carriageway at Whiteley at 9.15am this morning.

Gridlock on the M27 following the fatal crash. Picture: Paul Jacobs

Gridlock on the M27 following the fatal crash. Picture: Paul Jacobs

Councillor Sean Woodward, Hampshire County Council’s executive member for economy, transport and environment, has paid tribute to the person who died in the collision.

‘It is terrible news and my immediate thoughts are with the friends and family of the people affected and of the person who has sadly lost their life,’ Cllr Woodward said.

‘The police closed the road entirely for a significant amount of time which will and is causing chaos, and I believe that people will understand the need for them to do so to conduct a full inquiry into what happened.’

Both carriageways of the M27 were closed by police, before the westbound carriageway was reopened shortly before midday.

Delays are expected through the day.