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M27 closed until lunchtime after three police cars damaged during pursuit

Police on the scene early this morning Credit: Simon Rowley

The Eastbound M27 near Cadnam in Hampshire will remain closed this morning as police investigate a high speed collision involving three squad cars.

The police vehicles were damaged during a pursuit to stop a black Honda Accord which had failed to stop after it was seen driving dangerously causing a risk to other members of the public.

The collision took place at 2am after the Honda Accord came into contact with the police vehicles.

No-one was seriously injured.

The carriageway has been closed between Junctions 1 and 2, with diversions in place towards Southampton through Totton.

The incident will be referred to the Professional Standards Department Credit: Simon Rowley

The driver of the Honda Accord, a 58 year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop, and driving while under the influence of excessive alcohol.

He has been taken to Southampton General Hospital to be checked over for his injuries.

An investigation at the collision site is expected to last for the rest of this morning and the matter will be referred to our Professional Standards Department as per standard procedure in due course.


Overturned fairground lorry causes delays on M27

M27 J8 - J9 eastbound is currently closed Credit: ITV Meridian

Police have shut the Eastbound carriage of the M27 way between Junction 8 and Junction 9 after a fairground lorry overturned.

Fire crews from Eastleigh, Hightown and Fareham were called just before 1pm today to the incident and made the area safe.

M27 J8 - J9 eastbound is currently closed Credit: ITV Meridian
M27 J8 - J9 eastbound is currently closed Credit: ITV Meridian

Driver injured in M27 crash dies in hospital

A driver who was seriously injured in a crash on the M27 last week has died in hospital.

Police have confirmed that Ionut Balabaneanu who's 35 and from Bognor Regis, died at Southampton General Hospital on Wednesday.

He was the driver of a Nissan Micra which was in collision with a white Mercedes Sprinter van at junction 3 of the M27 in the early hours of April 12th.

Investigations into the circumstance of the crash are ongoing.

TRAVEL - ROADS: HAMPSHIRE - accident at J5/M27 eastbound - 9 mile tailbacks

Two lanes are closed and there is queueing traffic for nine miles after a multi-vehicle accident and debris on road on M27 Eastbound at J5 A335 Wide Lane / A335 Stoneham Way / Stoneham Lane (Southampton Airport / Eastleigh), congestion on M27 to J3 M271 / A3057 ( Romsey / Southampton Docks).

Lane three and four (of four lanes) are closed. A lot of debris is also strewn across the carriageway.


White winged intruder brings traffic to a standstill on busy motorway

Credit: Hants Roads Policing

Hampshire Police have revealed the reason for delays on the M27 this morning were caused by a swan taking a wander across the road.

It made the unscheduled trip across three lanes at around 9am causing what police described as a 'slight delay' for motorists.

Traffic was brought to a halt to allow the swan to cross safely.

Lorry driver jailed over fatal crash on M27

The M27 was closed for nearly six hours following the crash in March Credit: ITV Meridian

A lorry driver has been jailed for ten months for causing the death of a father-of-two by careless driving.

45 year old Kevin Burton, from Southampton, died in the crash on the M27 near Whiteley last March.

His car and a lorry driven by Richard Bingham, from Warminster, burst into flames.

The motorway was closed for nearly six hours.

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