Motorway closed after car travels in wrong direction

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A MOTORWAY was closed after a car driving the wrong way crashed head-on with another vehicle.

The Ford Fiesta, being driven by an elderly man, was travelling south along the northbound carriageway of the M275 in Portsmouth.

The car crashed head-on with a Peugeot at about 11.30pm yesterday.

The accident happened in the fast lane of the M275 on the flyover over the Rudmore roundabout.

The Ford Fiesta suffered severe damage during the crash.

Miraculously, the elderly man was not seriously hurt.

The driver of the Peugeot was able to get out of the car and was not seriously hurt.

Police closed the flyover section of the motorway while the driver was cut out of the car by firefighters.

The fast lane of the southbound carriageway was also closed as the Ford Fiesta had ended up straddling the central reservation after the crash.

Traffic was still allowed to travel northbound via a diversion from the slip road at the Rudmore roundabout.

The elderly man was taken by ambulance to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, for treatment to suspected spinal injuries.

The motorway was re-opened by 2am today.