A MOTORIST has been arrested after a motorcyclist was killed in a crash on the M27 today.
The fatal accident happened on the westbound carriageway of the motorway near the junction 5 turn-off to Southampton at 6.40am.
The motorcycle was hit by a lorry which did not stop. Police said that the driver might not have been aware of the accident.
The crash led to the closure of the westbound carriageway of the motorway between 7 and 5. It reopened at 2pm but delays are said to be expected into the afternoon.
Police said initially it had been suggested that a green Biffa lorry was involved.
Inspector Steve Wakeford, of Hampshire Constabulary’s roads policing unit said: ‘A driver of a waste truck has now contacted us following the death of the motorcyclist. He has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and failing to stop.
‘I would to highlight that the truck he was driving was not a Biffa truck. The information we received initially that the motorcycle was in collision with a Biffa truck was not conclusive.
‘It is important to stress that we keeping an open mind about the collision until we have collated all the evidence and ruled out the possibility of any other vehicle being involved.
‘That’s why it’s absolutely vital that anyone who witnessed the collision this morning or has any information that can help to get in touch.
‘We are working very hard to re-open the motorway and hope to have all lanes running by half past one. We are investigating an extremely serious incident which involves a number of police teams and agencies. For the sake of a proper investigation, we have to make sure we’ve covered every base and fulfilled our duty to the motorcyclist and his family. We have to conduct an investigation which satisfies all of their questions and the coroner’s questions.
‘Closing a motorway is not something we take lightly. We are fully aware of the impact to the public and local businesses and we try to update the community regularly as to when it will be re-opened.
‘I would like to thank everyone who has been affected for their patience and understanding.’
Sean Boon has been stuck in the traffic jam for four-and-a-half hours, since 8am.
The 37-year-old business trainer left his home in Eastoke, Hayling Island, and headed towards Romsey.
He said: ‘I’ve been stuck in the Fareham area all this time. We’re just edging towards the diversion but, because the lanes are merging, we’ve basically ended up at a standstill because everyone wants to get in.
‘Cars have broken down too, which doesn’t help.
‘Sadly we’ve just seen a private ambulance go past. It is a real shame and I feel very sorry for the person’s family.
‘I’ve called ahead to tell all my trainees to go home. I still have to go in because I can’t turn round.’
Police asked anyone with information about the crash to contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101.