UPDATE: All lanes open after M27 lorry crash causes delays

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THE refuse lorry that overturned and blocked the M27 earlier today has now been moved.

Highways England said three lanes were shut eastbound between junction 11 for Fareham and junction 12 for Portsmouth because of a collision in which a refuse vehicle overturned shortly before 11am.

Four people were inside the lorry and suffered minor injuries.

Drivers faced delays travelling into Portsmouth while the workers were treated and the lorry was brought upright and recovered.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said crews from Cosham, Wickham and Fareham were at the scene.

A spokesman said: “Traffic is building - avoid area if possible.

Picture: Miles O'Leary

Picture: Miles O'Leary

The service tweeted: ‘Crews on scene dealing with RTC (Road Traffic Collision) involving an HGV on its side, on the M27 just prior to junction 12 eastbound.’

Hampshire Police said: ‘We received a call at 10.50am to reports of a lorry which had overturned between junctions 11 and 12.

‘Four people were in the lorry. Three suffered minor injuries, one more serious but not life-threatening.

‘Lanes 2 and 3 are closed for recovery of the lorry which make take some time due to fuel leakage. Lane 1 and hard shoulder are open for traffic to get past.’

Picture: J.C. Piasco

Picture: J.C. Piasco

A crane was brought in to pull the lorry upright and Highways England confirmed a sweeper would clear the carriageway of debris.

A spokesman for South Central Ambulance service said they were alerted to the crash at 10.48am.

Two ambulance and two rapid response vehicles were deployed to treat to the wounded refuse lorry workers.

The spokesman added: ‘A refuse lorry which appeared to have hit the central reservation and tipped on its side.

Picture: J.C. Piasco

Picture: J.C. Piasco

‘Four people were reported in the vehicle. Two ambulances and two officers in rapid response vehicles were sent to the scene.

‘Two patients were treated at the scene and were described as walking wounded. Two further patients had minor injuries and were taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital.’