MOTORISTS faced long delays as one of the busiest roads in Hampshire saw three accidents in the space of just a few hours.
Cars were brought to a standstill twice on the M27 and also further along the road on the A27 last night.
The first incident, at 5.30pm, was a three-car crash near junction 12 for Cosham on the westbound side of the M27.
Hampshire Constabulary closed off the middle and the outside lanes so emergency services could deal with the accident.
One driver was trapped in his Ford car and had to be freed by firemen.
Mark Jones, crew manager of Cosham red watch, said: ‘There were two casualties, and one person was trapped inside their car.
‘The middle car in the collision had become wedged between the vehicles in front and behind, and against the crash barrier.
‘This is why the driver needed to be freed from the roof. We cut and removed the roof using hydraulic cutters and an electric saw.’
The other two cars involved were a Land Rover and a Seat. Two fire engines from Cosham – including a specialist equipment unit – and one engine from Fareham was called.
The road was reopened at 6.40pm.
The second incident brought the A27 to a complete standstill as both carriageways were closed for more than three hours.
Just before 6.30pm a motorcyclist from Hampshire crashed on the busy A-road.
The man, aged in his 40s, was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham for treatment to leg, arm and suspected head injuries.
PC Nick Andrews-Faulkner, of Sussex Police, in the force’s control room, said: ‘A single motorcycle crashed on the A27, between Emsworth and Chichester.
‘The driver was believed to be travelling eastbound.
‘Debris from the incident fell onto the westbound side, which resulted in its closure.’
Both carriageways were reopened at 9.45pm.
David Smith, barman at the nearby The Kings Arms pub in Havant Road, said that more cars were using the adjacent A259 as a diversion.
He said: ‘We have seen a lot more traffic down the road than we usually would at this time in the evening.
‘It’s usually a lot quieter than last night.’
A third accident then occurred between junctions 11 and 10 on the westbound M27 at 8.30pm, when a car hit the central reservation.
An appeal for information has been issued by Sussex Police for the A27 crash.
Anyone with information should call 0845 60 70 999, quoting reference number 1400.