POLICE say a woman driver who was seriously injured in a collision with a lorry is making a recovery.
The 32-year-old was driving her white Nissan Juke along the A27 when her car collided with an articulated lorry transporting a mobile home at Fishbourne, near Chichester, at 1pm on Thursday.
The Waterlooville woman was taken to Southampton General Hospital with severe head injuries by air ambulance.
The surrounding roads were blocked for several hours.
The lorry driver, a 55-year-old man from Hull in Yorkshire, suffered shock. He was driving one of two vehicles transporting mobile homes.
Sergeant Tony Crisp said: ‘I understand the woman who was seriously injured is now making a recovery. The incident caused huge tailbacks in the area, with eastbound traffic queued for several miles back to the Sussex-Hampshire border.
‘Unfortunately, with a huge lorry and its load to recover, the scene to be examined and cleared, and the need to bring in the air ambulance helicopter, we were unable to reopen the carriageway for a good five hours.
‘I would like to thank motorists who were caught up in the jam for their patience and understanding.’
Anyone who saw the accident or either of the vehicles being driven shortly beforehand should contact police on 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 101, quoting Operation Newling.