POLICE have confirmed the man killed in a collision with a lorry this morning was a 45-year-old from Portsmouth.
The accident happened on the A27 between Emsworth and Chichester and caused huge disruption to trafffic as the road was closed in both directions.
In a statement Sussex Police said: ‘Emergency services were called to the collision on the A27 eastbound at 7.25am involving a male pedestrian who sadly died at the scene and a lorry.
‘The pedestrian was a 45-year-old man from the Portsmouth area. Formal identification is yet to be made. The lorry driver, a 38-year-old Bristol man, was unhurt but shaken.
‘The road was closed eastbound at the Fishbourne roundabout and traffic was diverted at the A27 junction with the A259 at Warblington.
‘There was significant traffic congestion from the Hampshire border into West Sussex while the collision was being investigated. Drivers are thanked for their patience.’
There were massive delays following the accident. Eastbound traffic backed up as far back as Portsmouth as rush hour motorists were caught in the aftermath of the accident.
It did not reopen until lunchtime but westbound was opened just after 9am.
Richard Nelson, 36, from West Leigh, said: ‘I was driving eastbound to get to my job, in Chichester, when traffic came to a complete standstill at about 7.35am. I’m still stuck now but cars have parked up on the left and right to let the ambulances through.
‘There have been about seven police cars going past.’
Sophie Bracken, a journalist from Southsea, said: ‘I work in Tangmere so I drive through Chichester. My journey usually takes about 45 minutes but it took me three hours to get to work from door to door.’
Colin Channon, editor of our sister paper The Chichester Observer tweeted just before 9am: ‘I’m stuck in the queue six miles from Chi. Avoid the A27 - it is dreadful!’
Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident. Ring Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Kirkcaldy.