UPDATE: Person dies in M27 crash

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A PERSON has died after a lorry and a car crashed on the M27 this morning, police have confirmed.

The multi-vehicle collision, which involved at least three cars and a lorry, happened just before Junction 9 of the eastbound carriageway at Whiteley, at 9.15am.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said: ‘What we know at this time is a lorry collided with a car, resulting in one fatality.

‘Land ambulance crews are currently treating a total of seven casualties at the scene, who will shortly be taken to hospital. None of their injuries are described as life threatening. The Air Ambulance will no longer be landing.

‘At least three cars and a heavy goods vehicle are believed to be involved. One of the vehicles was reported as being on fire and there is considerable damage to the road surface.’

South Coast Ambulance Service send four ambulance crews and a number of other vehicles to the scene.

Emergency services at the scene of the crash on the M27. Picture: Paul Jacobs

Emergency services at the scene of the crash on the M27. Picture: Paul Jacobs

Both carriageways were closed for several hours from junction eight to nine.

The Highways Agency has deployed incident screens at the scene of the crash, and police have now reopened the westbound carriageway.

The closure of the eastbound carriageway is still expected to last all day.

Traffic stuck in the closures is being filtered off the motorway.

An image of the crash on the M27. Picture: Ena Miller via Twitter

An image of the crash on the M27. Picture: Ena Miller via Twitter

The police spokesman added: ‘The closures are in place to allow police and other emergency response agencies to respond to this very serious incident.

‘Please be aware that, at this stage, the road closures are likely to remain in place all day. We understand this may be very frustrating for those stuck in the tailbacks but can assure you we have maximum officers on site and are working to filter motorists off the motorway as quickly as possible.

‘We very much appreciate the patience of all those affected during this time.’

Traffic gridlock on the M27. Picture: Paul Jacobs

Traffic gridlock on the M27. Picture: Paul Jacobs