UPDATE: Traffic beginning to flow on the A27 after crash

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Delays on the A27 are now easing after a crash in which a car flipped over that caused the road to be closed.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance was called because an elderly woman was trapped in the upside-down car after the three-car collision. However, it was not needed and she was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital by road, and an ambulance spokesman said the injuries were not serious or life-threatening.

A spokesperson for South Central Ambulance Service said: ‘We sent a rapid response vehicle, two ambulances, the Hazardous Area Response Team, an officer and the air ambulance to the scene.

‘Two patients – one each in the other two cars involved in the accident – were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

‘Once the trapped patient was recovered from her vehicle, her injuries were found to be not serious or life-threatening and she was taken by road to the Queen Alexandra Hospital.’

Traffic information service Romanse has now said all lanes are open but delays of more than two hours can be expected on surrounding roads. Havant, Hayling Island and Portsmouth are all affected.

A spokesman for Hampshire Police said earlier: ‘We were called at 2.50pm this afternoon to reports of a collision involving a Vauxhall, an Audi and a Mercedes on the A27, at the junction with the A3(M) near Havant.

‘The eastbound carriageway is currently running slowly and the westbound carriageway has been closed completely, as has the junction with the A3(M).

‘Motorists are able to leave the A27 at the Broadmarsh exit.

‘We would urge motorists to avoid the area if at all possible and we would like to thank you for your patience as we deal with this incident.’

The eastbound carriageway was temporarily closed but is open.