A WOMAN is seriously ill in hospital after a crash that caused gridlock on a busy coastal route.
The woman was airlifted to hospital by helicopter after the collision between her car and a lorry on the A27.
The lorry jack-knifed at about 1.05pm and blocked the road at the Fishbourne roundabout eastbound.
There were queues stretching for five miles back towards Havant as emergency services closed off the scene.
Drivers were asked to avoid the area throughout yesterday afternoon because of severe delays between the Fishbourne Roundabout and Stockbridge Roundabout in Chichester.
The road remained open westbound, but was heavily congested. It was finally reopened just before 7.30pm.
Fire engines were called and had to cut the woman from the car.
The air ambulance landed close to the roundabout and took the woman away on a spinal board.
A spokesman for Sussex police said: ‘The woman driver of the car suffered a serious injury and was flown by the air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital.
‘The lorry driver was not hurt.’
Many drivers were held up in queues, while others decided not to drive home from the Portsmouth and Havant area.
Richard V B tweeted: ‘Going to leave car in Havant and take train to Chichester because of accident on A27. Two-hour delays and Chichester chaos apparently.’
Paul Kingsley tweeted: ‘Traffic is queued from Havant to Chichester four hours after the accident.’
Marcos Aranibar wrote: ‘Avoid A27 between Havant and Chichester, currently eight-mile car park eastbound.’