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M27 crash victim named

Robert Simmonds at a scooter rally on the Isle of Wight in 2010 Credit: Hampshire Police

Police have released the name of the motorcyclist who died in a collision on the M27 on Wednesday.

He was Robert Simmonds, 49-years-old, of Blackmoor Walk in Havant.

At around 6.40am, the Suzuki Bandit motorcycle he was riding was in collision with a high-sided skip lorry or similar at junction five on the westbound carriageway.

Mr Simmonds was pronounced dead at the scene.

His family have released a statement which said: "The family are devastated by this tragic news. Rob was an experienced motorcyclist and loved to live life to the full. He will be missed by everyone who knew him."

Police are continuing their appeal for information about the collision and would like to hear from anyone who witnessed it or saw any vehicle involved prior to it.

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Police release details of M27 fatal crash

A HGV and motorbike crash on the M27 westbound yesterday morning (Wednesday, August 14), led to a the death of a man in his 40s. Police say he was from the Havant are and will not name him yet.

A 50-year-old man from Southampton who was arrested yesterday afternoon in connection with the collision has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

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Truck driver arrested after M27 death

Roads Policing Unit can confirm that a driver of a waste truck has been contacted following the death of a motorcyclist on the M27 earlier today.

The man was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving and failing to stop.

The Roads Policing Unit said: "Closing a motorway is not something we take lightly. We are fully aware of the impact to the public and local businesses and we try to update the community regularly as to when it will be re-opened."

It is important to stress that we keeping an open mind about the collision until we have collated all the evidence and ruled out the possibility of any other vehicle being involved. That’s why it’s absolutely vital that anyone who witnessed the collision this morning or has any information that can help to get in touch. We are working very hard to re-open the motorway and hope to have all lanes running by half past one. For the sake of a proper investigation, we have to make sure we’ve covered every base and fulfilled our duty to the motorcyclist and his family.

– Inspector Steve Wakeford
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