A 33-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested after two sisters were seriously hurt in a crash on a busy dual carriageway.
The man was driving a lorry that hit a broken down Peugeot 206 on the A3 southbound carriageway at Buriton near Petersfield.
The car was being driven by a 21-year-old woman with two sisters as passengers.
It hit a barrier and caught fire at about 9.25am.
A female police officer and two members of the public rescued the driver and front seat passenger.
The other sister had already got out and was seeking help for the breakdown before the collision.
The Peugeot driver suffered life-threatening injuries.
Her 19-year-old sister, who was a front seat passenger, suffered serious injuries.
Both women were airlifted to Southampton General Hospital.
The third sister was treated at the scene for shock. Her age has not yet been revealed.
The HGV driver, from Bulgaria, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving without due care and attention.
The A3 was shut in both directions near Petersfield following the crash.
The northbound stretch reopened before noon.
However the southbound carriageway remained closed until shortly before 3.30pm.
Dawn Sharpe, 49, was caught in the tailbacks on the southbound carriageway. She said: ‘I want to praise the police for how efficient and friendly and helpful they were.
‘We were stuck between Buriton and Petersfield. Everyone was getting out of their cars. We were stuck for about an hour. The police turned us all around. We were able to drive up the wrong way and off [the dual carriageway].
‘It was very eerie sitting on that road with no traffic coming the other way. We could see the air ambulance hovering. I had gone to Petersfield to get a cricket bat for my son. It must have been an awful, awful crash.’
Witnesses should call Sgt Wayne Voller on 101 quoting Operation Forgarty.