Lorries collide in motorway crash causing huge delays

DELAYS The crash scene on the M27. Picture: Colin Ryan
DELAYS The crash scene on the M27. Picture: Colin Ryan
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DRIVERS faced commuter chaos after a collision between two lorries led to hours of delays.

The accident happened westbound between junctions nine and eight of the M27 at 6.25am and forced police to close two lanes of the motorway.

Thousands of people were left stuck in traffic with alternative routes getting jammed up as people tried to get to work.

The delays were up to two hours long with tailbacks right back to both Portsmouth and Southampton.

Colin Ryan, heavy recovery manager from Boarhunt who helped with the clear up operation, said: ‘It hit in rush hour which took it down to one lane heading westbound, which is always busy on the M27.

‘It was just absolute chaos. It went right back to junction 12.

‘There were a few people tooting their horns as they were driving past.

‘But these things happen unfortunately – thankfully not very often.’

Traffic from Bursledon heading eastbound up to Portsmouth was also affected due to onlookers.

Roads around the borough of Fareham through Whiteley, Wickham and Locks Heath all became jammed with traffic at a complete standstill.

Bollards were lowered at Yew Tree Drive in Whiteley to allow traffic through.

Councillor Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council, said: ‘It was absolutely ridiculous.

‘It gridlocked Fareham. Every road everywhere all around Fareham was busy.’

Fire crews from Fareham and Cosham stations were sent out to help with the clear up.

Police said there were not any serious injuries and no-one was arrested.