Teenage driver dies as her car hits M27 barrier

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A TEENAGE driver died when her car crashed into a barrier on the M27 and overturned.

The tragedy happened at 9.30pm last night on the eastbound carriageway at junction 12, the Paulsgrove and Cosham exit.

An 18-year-old woman, from Waterlooville, died when the blue Ford KA she was driving hit a barrier before overturning.

Seventeen firefighters were involved in attempting to rescue the woman. The road was closed for several hours to allow for a crash investigation.

Sergeant Glen Barham from the Roads Policing unit said: ‘At 9.30pm last night, a blue Ford Ka heading east left the carriageway and collided with a barrier separating the main motorway from the junction 12 slip road.

‘The vehicle overturned and came to rest in the main carriageway.

‘The driver, an 18-year-old woman from Waterlooville, was the only person in the car.’

‘Sadly, the teenager suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

‘At this time, there is nothing to suggest any other vehicles were involved, but it’s important we speak to anyone who was travelling along the M27 at that time who can help with our enquiries.

‘We’d like to hear from people who witnessed the collision or saw the vehicle driving prior to it.

‘The eastbound carriageway of the motorway was closed from junction 11 for approximately five hours to allow us to investigate the scene and recover the vehicle. I would like to thank any drivers affected by the closure for their patience.’

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash and movements of the vehicle beforehand.

Anyone with information should contact Fratton Roads Policing Unit on 101, quoting Operation Finestere.