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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.

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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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M27 celebrates 40th birthday

The M27 opened on this day in 1975 Credit: ITV Meridian

The M27 is forty years old today.

The first section of the motorway, near Southampton, opened on this day in 1975.

The original plan was to build a south coast motorway stretching from Folkestone in Kent all the way to Honiton in Devon.

Despite the weather, it's been a fairly delay-free day so far and these drivers have been fairly happy with the motorway's performance over the past four decades.

Woman seen walking along motorway hard shoulder

Were you driving along the M27 between junction two and three on Saturday, April 18, between 11pm and 11.30pm?

Did you see a woman walking along the hard shoulder?

Police are investigating after the woman, aged 29, was seen walking along the hard shoulder of the motorway following an altercation with a man.

Detective Constable Kirsty Burridge said: “Did you see a woman having an altercation with a man? Or did you see a black Alfa Romeo which was being driven in an unusual manner along the M27?”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Det Con Burridge at the Western Investigation Team on 101 or call the charity Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111, where information can be left anonymously.

A 34-year-old man from Gosport has been arrested in connection with this incident and was released on bail until June 3, pending further enquiries.

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