UPDATE: Man survives bridge fall onto the M27 near Whiteley

M27. Picture: Malcolm Wells
M27. Picture: Malcolm Wells
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A MAN survived plunging from a bridge onto a busy carriageway of the M27 this morning.

Emergency services had shut the westbound section of the highway, near junction 9 at Whiteley, after the serious incident.

South Central Ambulance Service (Scas) said the man, believed to be in his 40s, had fallen from a bridge, suffering serious back and pelvic injuries.

A spokesman said: ‘We received a number of emergency 999 calls just before 10am this morning reporting a male having fallen from the bridge onto the carriageway at junction 9 of the M27 westbound.

‘Fortunately he was not hit by any vehicles travelling on the motorway.’

An ambulance, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and two ambulance officers in rapid response vehicles initially attended.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight air ambulance was also dispatched but was called off after doctors said the injured male could be transported to hospital by road.

The Scas official added: ‘The patient is approximately 45-years-old and has sustained back, pelvic and leg injuries that appear not to be too serious – however, the doctor aboard the air ambulance is also going to assess him but the current belief is he will be transported by road to University Hospital Southampton.’

Highways England has since tweeted that an air ambulance has left the scene and that the road was now open again.

The agency said: ‘Held traffic for Air Ambulance landing is now released on the #M27 at J9 in #Hampshire... carriageways fully open in both directions... Thanks for your patience.’