A YOUNG man is fighting for his life in hospital after crashing his car into barriers on one of Portsmouth’s busiest routes.
The M27 and M275 were closed for around seven hours after the car smashed into a central reservation, causing considerable damage to the metal barriers.
The 21-year-old man driving the white Peugeot 306, from Waterlooville, suffered potentially life-threatening head injuries and was treated at the scene by paramedics.
Emergency services were called to the accident just after 3am on Saturday.
The car lost control on the A27 eastbound where it continues on from the M275, near the Portsbridge Roundabout at Hilsea.
Some of the car wreckage fell on to the road below from the flyover.
Police closed the road immediately as it was initially thought there may have been be walking wounded on the motorway.
Firefighters from Cosham and Southsea were called out in the early hours and were looking for other casualties.
However, after an hour-long search, it was clear there was only one person involved.
The driver was taken by ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, where he remains in a serious condition.
A recovery vehicle was brought in to remove the mangled wreckage.
The accident caused considerable congestion on the M27 eastbound as traffic started to build up from 8am on Saturday.
The M27 eastbound was closed from junction 12 until 10am so that emergency repairs could take place on the damaged barriers.
Traffic from the M275 northbound was only able to join the M27 westbound during that time.
Diversions were in place via the J&J junction and the A27 Western Road.
Police crash investigators carried out a detailed examination of the scene to try to work out how the crash happened.
Police have not yet said how the car came to lose control, but are seeking witnesses to provide more clues.
Alan Smith, a spokesman for Hampshire police, said: ‘A white Peugeot 306 collided with the roadside crash barriers at around 3am on Saturday.
‘The 21-year-old driver from Waterlooville was taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital at Cosham with serious and potentially life-threatening head injuries.
‘Police are appealing for any witnesses to the accident or anyone who may have seen the white Peugeot 306 in the moments immediately prior to the crash.
‘If anyone has information they are asked to phone the Roads Policing Unit at Cosham.’
Anyone with information should call police on 101, or 0845 045 45 45 if phoning from outside Hampshire.