UPDATE: Lorry driver dies after M27 crash

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A LORRY driver has died after crashing on the M27.

It comes after the crash just before 7.45am, between junctions 9 and 10 on the westbound carriageway.

The 58-year-old lorry driver was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, in a serious condition but died shortly afterwards.

Police shut the road in both directions to allow the air ambulance to land.

The eastbound carriageway was later re-opened.

Investigations meant the carriageway was shut until 1.30pm, but has now re-opened.

Sgt Julian Williams, from the Joint Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘We know that the closure of one of Hampshire’s major routes causes disruption to many people and we always make it a priority to reopen roads as quickly as possible following collisions such as this.

‘However, we also have to ensure that we carry out a thorough investigation to establish exactly what happened, as well as working with our partner agencies for the safe recovery of the vehicle and to ensure the road is made is safe for motorists.

‘We apologise for any inconvenience caused.’

Police shut the road in both directions between Junction 10 (Wickham) and Junction 9 (Fareham West) as emergency services raced to the scene earlier this morning but all lanes have now been re-opened.

The South Central Ambulance service said the driver had been rushed to QA Hospital.

A spokesman said: ‘We received a call at 07.37am this morning reporting an HGV having left the carriageway and crashed into a barrier/embankment on the hard shoulder between J10-9 westbound on the M27.

‘We sent a rapid response vehicle, an officer, an ambulance and the air ambulance to the scene.

‘The approximately 60-year-old driver suffered a serious medical emergency at the wheel and was taken by road to the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, in a life-threatening condition.’

A commuter told The News the lorry’s windscreen was smashed and the vehicle was ‘wedged’ behind the crash carrier on the hard shoulder.

Wooden pallets were scattered near the lorry.

All lanes are now re-opened at Junction 11 westbound, but there are around 50-minute delays back to the A27 in Hilsea.

The driver said junction 11 was shut as traffic was being taken off the motorway.

Hampshire police tweeted at 8.16am: ‘We’re closing the M27 between Junction 10 and 9 following a collision to allow the air ambulance to land. Please avoid the area if possible.’

Police said the crash involved a single lorry travelling westbound, the driver of which had been injured.

Reports said the vehicle veered into a barrier and onto the verge.

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting 44170119727, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.