A 19-month-old baby is among seven people left injured after this morning’s crash on the M27 which left one motorist dead.
Police officers are now trying to identify the person who died in the collision between a lorry and a car.
Hampshire Constabulary says it is unable to release any further details about the deceased person but that it is making enquiries to establish their identity and notify the next of kin.
Meanwhile the westbound carriageway was reopened at 11.15am and the eastbound carriageway remains closed while the emergency services work at the scene.
A total of seven other people were examined by paramedics.
Five adults were uninjured, and a man and a 19 month old baby passenger in one of the vehicles sustained minor injuries.
In any situation like this where someone has tragically died in a collision we have a duty to conduct a thorough forensic examination of the sceneChief Inspector Andy Bottomley
Chief Inspector Andy Bottomley, who is from the Roads Policing Unit and is co-ordinating the police response, said: ‘In any situation like this where someone has tragically died in a collision we have a duty to conduct a thorough forensic examination of the scene.
‘The more vehicles involved, the more complex that is, and the more time it will take to complete this vital work.
‘Please be reassured that we have deployed the maximum number of officers to the scene and are working hard with our partner agencies and emergency responders to deal with the immediate aftermath of the collision, complete the investigation at the scene, and ensure the road is safe for you to travel on.
‘In the meantime, please avoid the area. We will keep you updated and aim to get the road back to normal as soon as possible. Massive thanks to those of you stuck in the tailbacks for your patience and understanding during what must be a frustrating time.’
Motorists are being warned that it may take some time for the road to be reopened.
Police say the road surface may have been damaged by fire, and repairs may be essential before the road is safe to travel on.
Those who use this route to commute home are being advised to avoid the area and consider other routes.
Responders will soon start cutting open barriers in order to allow roads policing officers to start turning around motorists currently stuck in the traffic queue near junction nine.
Officers will shortly start delivering water supplies to those who have been waiting in the queue.
Any motorists with medical conditions or urgent issues who are stuck in the queue are being advised to call 101 or 999 in an emergency.
Anyone who witnessed the incident and is yet to speak to police officers is urged to call 101 and quote Operartion Shornmead.