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Erratic driving reported to police on M3 in Surrey

Police are appealing for motorists to come forward following reports of dangerous driving on the M3 in Surrey.

At around 10.30am on Sunday, 2 August officers received a number of reports from motorists regarding a silver vehicle travelling westbound on the M3 between junction 2 (Thorpe) and junction 3 (Lightwater).

Several drivers reported that they had been involved in minor collisions with the car which had then failed to stop. Officers want anyone who was involved or witnessed the driving of any of the vehicles to contact them.

A 39-year-old man from south east London has been arrested on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through drink or drugs and failing to stop at the scene of an accident. He has been released on police bail until October 10 while investigations continue.

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Lorry involved in multi-vehicle crash and fire

There've been huge traffic jams on the M3 tonight after a major crash in Surrey. A lorry and several other vehicles were involved and the verge caught fire.

It happened between Junction 3 for Bagshot and Lightwater and Junction 2 of the M25. The air ambulance landed on the motorway stopping all Southbound traffic - and a motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital with chest injuries. Our reporter Mike Pearse was stuck in the jam and sends this from the scene.

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Police appeal after fatal M3 crash

Police are appealing for witnesses after a collision on the M3 in which a woman was killed.

The woman, who was a passenger in one of the vehicles, was taken to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital but died.

The collision happened at 6.47pm yesterday at junction 9 at Winchester. Officers know that three vehicles were involved, however, witnesses have suggested a fourth may have also been involved.

Police are also keen to speak to the drivers of HGV vehicles who stopped at the scene. One of the HGV's has "CH" written on the back and another had a red cab and was carrying a silver container.

Plans for M3 smart motorway to go on show

Plans to transform part of the M3 in Surrey and Hampshire into a smart motorway will go on show to the public later this week.

Fourth lane to be used as hard shoulder in both directions Credit: Press Association

Under the multi-million pound proposals the hard shoulder will be used as a fourth lane between junction 4A at Farnborough and junction 2 where it joins the M25.

The road will also be resurfaced with a new, low noise material.

This busy section of the M3 is used for more than 130,000 journeys every day, and these vital improvements will add much needed extra capacity. Smart motorways are a safe, cost effective solution for improving journeys, and I'd encourage anyone with an interest in how they work to come along and put their questions to us.

– Highways Agency project manager Pranav Devale

The exhibitions are being held on Friday and Saturday. Main construction on the project is expected to start in November, and last until December 2016.

Renewed appeal following serious incident on M3

Officers from Hampshire Constabulary’s Road Policing Unit are renewing an appeal for information following a serious road traffic incident.

A week ago, on Tuesday September 16, a collision occurred on the on-slip to junction six of the M3 at Basingstoke.

It happened after the drivers of a flat bed van and trailer and VW Golf pulled on to the hard shoulder. The drivers both got out of their vehicles and exchanged words.

The car driver went back to his vehicle and as he tried to get into it, the van pulled out from behind him and passed him.

The vehicle clipped his legs, leaving him with serious injuries. The van driver did not stop and carried on along the M3.

The man was taken to the North Hampshire Hospital by ambulance.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact PC Jerrard at Whitchurch by calling 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

“The van is described as being similar in size to a Ford Tranist flat bed but the cab was completely flat at the front and more square. It was plain white and had no distinctive markings or livery. The bed of the van was similar to that of a recovery truck with no sides on the bed and made of aluminium. The trailer was of the same appearance and material as the bed of the van but sat a couple of inches lower. It was a twin axle trailer with one mud guard over both wheels each side. The driver had to climb down from the cab from a height of approximately 4 foot. The incident left a man, in his 60s, with some serious leg injuries. It’s possible that the van driver was not aware that the man was injured.-and we’d like to trace him urgently. We’d appeal to anyone with information to contact us.”

– PC Clyde Jerrard

Road markings on the M3 are the worst in the country

The M3 has the worst road lines in the country according to a new survey.

The worst of them are said to be between Bagshot and Camberley in Surrey, which is Junction 3 and 4.

The nearby A322 between Bracknell and Bagshot are supposedly the second worse, with 84% of the road in need of work.

The Road Safety Marking Association who did the survey rates around half our roads as poor when it comes to drivers seeing white lines and other markings on the road.

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