Lorry driver dies after rush-hour M27 crash

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A lorry driver has died following a traffic incident on the M27 yesterday (Friday March 31) during which part of the motorway was shut, resulting in long queues.

The incident happened just before 7.45am, between junctions 9 and 10 on the westbound carriageway.

The 58-year-old lorry driver was taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, in Cosham, in a serious condition, but he died shortly afterwards.

Police shut the road in both directions to allow the air ambulance to land.

The eastbound carriageway was shut until 1.30pm.

Sgt Julian Williams, from the Joint Roads Policing Unit, said: “We know that the closure of one of Hampshire’s major routes causes disruption to many people and we always make it a priority to reopen roads as quickly as possible following collisions such as this.

“However, we also have to ensure that we carry out a thorough investigation to establish exactly what happened, as well as working with our partner agencies for the safe recovery of the vehicle and to ensure the road is made safe for motorists.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting 44170119727, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.