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IPCC investigating fatal crash on the M3 in Hampshire

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an investigation after a man died in a crash on the M3 in Hampshire.

Officers were pursuing a blue BMW just before 1am yesterday morning when both vehicles stopped on the hard shoulder between junctions 12 and 13 at Eastleigh.

The driver of the BMW got out the car and stepped onto the carriageway, and was then hit by at least one other vehicle.

The M3 was closed for several hours following the collision Credit: ITV Meridian

South Central Ambulance Service attended but the man died en route to hospital.

The M3 was closed in both directions between junctions 12 and 13 between 1.30 and 6.30am. The southbound carriageway reopened at 6.30am and the northbound at 8.30am.

M3 closed between Eastleigh and Winchester after police incident.

There are major delays on the M3 in Hampshire after the road was closed in both directions early this morning.

Police are dealing with an incident between Junctions 12 (Allbrook) and 13 (Eastleigh). They were called just after 3am.

The southbound carriage way has since re-opened but police are urging motorists to avoid the area if possible.

The motorway is expected to be closed until midday.

Diversions are in place:

A diversion route has been implemented with eastbound traffic to follow 'Solid Diamond' route.

Traffic is to leave the M3 at J13 and turn right onto the A335. Turn left onto Woodside Avenue at the junction with the A335.

Follow this to the 2nd roundabout and turn left to follow the A335. Follow the A335 to the M3 by continuing across the 1st roundabout and turning right at the 2nd roundabout to re-join the M3 eastbound at J12.

Road users are advised to allow extra time to complete their journey plans if travelling in the area.

– Hampshire Police

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Appeal for witnesses following fatal collision on the M3

Credit: PA

Police are appealing for witnesses following a fatal collision on the M3 this morning.

Officers were called at 5.14am this morning to the M3 northbound between junctions 12 and 11.

The driver of the Vauxhall Astra, a 45-year-old Bournemouth man was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was involved in the collision.

The man's next of kin have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.

Due to the seriousness of this collision the motorway had to be closed for a couple of hours to ensure a thorough investigation of the scene.

We know that this has caused significant disruption to motorists this morning and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

We always work hard to ensure that any road closure is lifted as soon as possible and we would like to thank motorists for their patience while we dealt with this incident.”

– Inspector Kirsty Shannon, Hampshire Police

Officers are urging anyone with information to contact them on 101, quoting incident number 105.

Drivers being warned M3 closed following crash

Drivers in Hampshire are being warned they could face a longer journey into work this morning as a crash has closed the M3 eastbound at Eastleigh.

The incident - involving an overturned car was reported shortly after 5.30am and the northbound carriageway between junction 12 at Eastleigh and junction 11 at Winchester is expected to be closed for several hours while Hampshire Police carries out an investigation.

Emergency services at the scene, and a diversion is in place.

Drivers are being encouraged to allow extra time and to consider using alternative routes.

Motorcyclist flown to hospital after M3 crash

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital by air ambulance after a crash on the M3.

Police officers were called to the southbound stretch of the motorway just past junction 4a, near to the Fleet services.

Drivers are advised to avoid the area.

Safety changes just 2 weeks in to 'smart' motorway

The new orange refuge area on the M3 'smart' motorway Credit: Highways England

Safety changes have been made to the new smart motorway in Surrey and Hampshire less than two weeks after it opened.

Emergency refuges for drivers to stop on the M3 are being made more visible with new prominent signs and orange road surfaces.

The AA said it had serious safety concerns and welcomed the move but said it doesn't go far enough.

The hard shoulder has been turned into a running lane to ease congestion.

There is still a 50 mph limit because the electronic signs that will control the scheme are being tested.

Highways England say if the new style refuge is a success they will be put on other smart motorways on the M25 and others planned for the M4, M27 and M23 near Gatwick.

Jack Cousens, The AA

We know that smart motorways are safe. But we also recognise that drivers need to have confidence when using them and be clear about where they can stop in an emergency."

“That is why we are trialling these highly visible new style emergency areas. The bright orange colouring will make them as easy as possible to spot and should also discourage drivers from using them in non-emergency situations."

“This is just one of the ways we are helping drivers to understand smart motorways and their benefits. I hope it helps drivers feel more confident about using a smart motorway.”

– Jim O’Sullivan, CEO Highways England

Our roads are some of the safest in the world but we are always looking at making them safer."

"Smart motorways are adding extra lanes to our busiest motorways and – as recent evidence shows – reducing the rate of crashes."

"We are making emergency refuge areas more visible to ensure motorists in trouble can easily identify where to stop safely."

– Chris Grayling, Transport Secretary

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Drivers face more disruption as the M3 is to close over the weekend

Drivers face major disruption this weekend as the M3 is closed from this evening.

It's to allow for a bridge to be demolished between junctions two and three as part of smart motorway scheme to convert the hard shoulder into a running lane.

Drivers are being warned of more disruption as the M3 is closed overnight Credit: ITV News

The work was due to end next month but is now going to run another six months.

It comes as plans to upgrade the M4 will go ahead with work starting next March along with five years of chaos.

Critics say the schemes are not safe.

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