Portsmouth driver, 21, fights for her life after A3 crash

RESCUE OPERATION Helicopters on the A3. Picture: Hampshire Roads Policing Unit
RESCUE OPERATION Helicopters on the A3. Picture: Hampshire Roads Policing Unit
Picture: Carey Tompsett/PA Wire

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A YOUNG woman from Portsmouth is fighting for her life after her car was hit by a lorry and burst into flames.

The 21-year-old remains in a critical condition after being airlifted to Southampton General Hospital following the crash on the A3 southbound, near Buriton.

As reported, a lorry hit the broken-down Peugeot 206, which was carrying the driver and two other women.

The driver’s 19-year-old sister, who was a front-seat passenger and who lives in Kent, suffered serious injuries and remains in hospital.

The 33-year-old HGV driver was arrested on suspicion of driving without due care and attention and has been bailed until March 13.

Meanwhile, a female police officer who helped to get the driver out of the burning car has been praised for her actions.

The incident came on a day of tragedy and drama on roads across Hampshire and West Sussex that stretched police resources to the limit.

At one point on Monday evening, every roads policing officer for Hampshire was deployed.

Superintendent Chris Brown, head of Hampshire Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘Monday was an extremely busy day for roads policing and our officers and staff demonstrated high levels of professionalism in their response.

‘I would like to commend the actions of one officer in particular who was one of the first to arrive on the scene of the collision on the A3 and who, along with two members of the public, helped to rescue a woman from a car that caught fire. That woman remains in a critical condition in hospital and our thoughts are with her and her family.’