TWO motorists have been taken to hospital with serious injuries after their car collided with a petrol tanker this morning.
Fire crews had to cut free a male driver and an elderly passenger from their black Vauxhall Corsa following the incident between junctions five and four on the M27 westbound carriageway near Eastleigh.
Police were called at around 10.30am to the incident.
They have been taken to Southampton General Hospital where they are being treated for serious injuries which are not considered life-threatening.
The westbound carriageway is closed whilst fire crews cut free the two motorists.
The driver of the tanker was unharmed following the crash.
The westbound carriageway was closed for an hour and a half whilst emergency services were at the scene.
Traffic in both directions was diverted through Eastleigh and Chandler’s Ford.
Tim Feltham, a spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary, said: ‘Motorists were advised to avoid the M27 yesterday lunchtime following a collision between junctions five and four.
‘Fire crews had to remove the roof of the car to release two people who were trapped inside.
‘The westbound carriageway was closed until they were freed.
‘Motorists were advised to find alternative routes where possible.’