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Long delays on M3 after multi-vehicle crash

Drivers were delayed for upto two hours on the M3 southbound Credit: ITV Meridian

Drivers suffered long delays during this morning's rush hour after a four car crash on the M3.

Emergency services were called to the southbound carriageway near junction 12 for Eastleigh.

No-one was seriously hurt but the collision caused delays of upto two hours and traffic problems on non motorway routes.

All lanes were reopened by 9.05am with delays down to 30 minutes.

Cyclist seriously hurt in crash

A cyclist has been seriously injured following a crash involving a utility vehicle.

It happened shortly after 8am on Winchester Road at it’s junction with Forest Road and Curdridge Lane. Officers have closed the road while they investigate the circumstances of what happened.

The road is likely to remain shut until at least midday so drivers are being advised to find alternative routes.

The cyclist has been taken to Southampton General Hospital by ambulance. His condition is described as serious.

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Driver escapes with minor injuries following crash

Emergency services were called to the M40 this afternoon Credit: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

A driver managed to escape with minor injuries following a crash on the M40 in Oxfordshire.

Emergency services were called to the stretch of motorway between junction 11 at Banbury and Junction 12 at Gaydon.

Crews found debris from the crash spanning 25 metres from the hard shoulder across the embankment, including a wooden electricity pole that had been snapped in half.

An electricity pole had snapped in half during the crash Credit: Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

“When I first saw the van I was very concerned as to the state that we might find any of the occupants. I am astounded that the driver has escaped this incident with relatively minor injuries.

"It looks like the van has gone airborne as it got to the top of the embankment, hit the power lines that are carrying electricity at 11,000Volts, and then came crashing back down to earth rolling several times before coming to rest.

"The amount of tools that were thrown out of the vehicle just shows how important it is to secure any load, as even the smallest of items in a car or van can become a lethal projectile in the event of a crash."

– Station Manager David Bray

Cyclist left with serious injuries after crash

A cyclist has been left with serious injuries after a crash in Tonbridge.

It happened between Whistler Road and Higham Lane in Tonbridge, involving a van and a cyclist and it's believed to have happened at approximately 10pm on Tuesday evening.

The van is reported to have left the scene before police arrived and the cyclist was taken to a local hospital with a fractured back and serious leg injury.

It is believed the vehicle involved has sustained damage to a wing mirror and indicator lens.

Officers are particularly keen to speak with anyone who has knowledge of this vehicle, possibly a white Ford Transit. It is believed to have headed away down Puttenden Lane, towards the Plaxtol area, following the incident.

Serious crash near Micheldever

Police are at the scene of a serious road traffic collision on the A33 near Micheldever.

Officers were called to reports of a car which was in collision with a tree shortly after 6.30am this morning.

The road is currently closed as officers continue their investigations.

Driver cleared of causing pensioner's death

Hannah Eady died from deep vein thrombosis four months after she was struck Credit: ITV Meridian

A driver has been cleared of causing the death of a 95 year-old woman after his car struck her.

Sean Hill had admitted careless driving and was banned from the road for two years.

But he was cleared of a charge that the accident in Sevenoaks led to the death of Hannah Eady, who died four months later of deep vein thrombosis. Mrs Eady's family has paid tribute to her.

ITV Meridian spoke to Hannah's son, Roy Eady.

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Woman seriously injured in crash with bus

The collision happened on Copnor Road yesterday afternoon Credit: ITV Meridian

A woman has been taken to hospital with a serious head injury after a crash involving a bus in Portsmouth.

It happened just after 5pm yesterday afternoon on Copnor Road.

The 59-year-old pedestrian was airlifted to Southampton General Hospital where she is currently being treated.

The road was closed to allow officers from the Roads Policing Unit, who are based at Havant police station, to carry out their investigations. The road was reopened at 8.30pm.

The collision happened on Copnor Road yesterday afternoon Credit: ITV Meridian

“As part of this investigation we would like to hear from anybody who may have witnessed the collision.

“We are particularly keen to speak to a female bus passenger who left the scene before we were able to speak to her. We have obtained CCTV footage from the bus and this will form part of our investigation.

“We would also like to thank members of the public for their patience while the road was closed to allow our specialist officers to carry out a detailed examination of the scene.”

– Acting Police Sergeant James Chapman

Drivers warned not to take photos of crash scenes

A driver who was spotted taking pictures of a fatal crash in Kent on his mobile phone has been sent a notice of intended prosecution.

The collision took place on the coastbound carriageway of the A2 on Monday 1st March.

Kent Police is reminding motorists that the use of mobile phones while driving is illegal which includes taking photos, and action will be taken against anyone caught doing it.

Drivers in Kent are being warned not to take photos of collisions Credit: Kent Police

"Whether you are talking, texting or taking a photo, you are still using a mobile phone which means you are not concentrating on the road ahead.

"The consequences of this not only include the fine, but you could also cause a serious collision.

"There is no doubt that if you use a phone your reaction times are impaired and you are more likely to cause injury to yourself or others. We will carry on taking action against drivers who choose to ignore this."

– Inspector Sam Pearson from the Roads Policing Unit

Officers can issue drivers with a £60 fixed penalty ticket and three points on their licence if they are seen either talking on the phone, texting or taking a photo while driving.

Man arrested in connection with cyclist collision

The cyclist injured near the Folly Roundabout at Redon Way Credit: UKNIP

A 28-year-old man from Andover has been arrested in connection with a crash in which a cyclist was left in a life threatening condition.

He has been arrested on suspicion causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The 46-year-old cyclist remains in a life-threatening condition after being hit by a vehicle near the Folly Roundabout at Redon Way in Andover yesterday afternoon.

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