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AN ARTICULATED lorry smashed through the safety barriers of a level crossing this morning.

One of the barriers at the crossing at New Lane, Havant, was left a mangled wreck after the lorry crashed into it and took the structure with it.

The incident happened shortly before 9.30am today.

According to eyewitnesses, the lorry was travelling north from the industrial estate.

The vehicle made it through the first set of barriers but smashed through the barrier on the other side.

A spokeswoman for South West Trains confirmed there was an incident involving a lorry at the level crossing.

She added: ‘Services are experiencing delays of up to 30 minutes between Havant and Portsmouth Harbour/Fareham.

‘This is affecting a number of train operators.’

Commuters across the area experienced delays.

The road was closed, but is expected to re-open shortly as engineers have the spent the morning fixing the safety barrier.

The level crossing is one of the busiest in the area and is close to Havant railway station.

Jason Stone, 48, working nearby at a construction site, brought in his digger to help straighten out the damaged barrier so it could be put back.

He said: ‘This level crossing is up and down all day long.

‘Vehicles try to get through as quick as they can.’

Tony Sibley, 50, also working nearby, said: ‘It was an Arctic lorry with a side curtain.

‘It’s ripped the side curtain.

‘This is the second time it’s happened.

‘Not so long ago there was a taxi that got stuck in there. It’s really busy.’