MOTORISTS who witnessed the scenes after a fatal crash on the M27 have spoken of their shock.
Commuters on their way to work ground to a halt after a car and a lorry collided, leaving one person dead.
The crash, which involved several vehicles, happened just before Junction 9 of the eastbound carriageway at Whiteley, at 9.15am.
Hilary Stoughton, 21, was on her way to work with friend Dave Treanor, 26.
She said: ‘We come this way to work every day and we just thought the cars were slowing down to come off at the junction, but then everyone stopped completely and we just saw smoke, so it was a bit worrying.’
Mr Treanor added: ‘The first thing we thought is that we had to go to Tesco this morning, which we never do, we usually would have just gone to work.
‘It took us five minutes to go there and we just thought if we didn’t go to Tesco, that could have been us.’
Sarah Jayne Richardson, from Hedge End, was in the car with her two children when the crash happened just several cars in front.
‘It was scary at the time, and if we’d been 30 seconds earlier it could have been us,’ she said.
May Stone had to swerve to avoid other cars when the collision happened.
She said: ‘The smoke turned from white into really, really dark black, and then the fire was really high above the lorry.’