Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Five hurt in wrong-way crash on A3 in Hampshire

An 85-year-old man is in a critical condition after driving his car the wrong way down a dual carriageway and colliding with two other cars.

The crash happened shortly before 23:00 BST on Thursday on the southbound carriageway of the A3 at Queen Elizabeth Country Park in Hampshire.

Four people in the other cars were also hurt and all were taken to hospital.

The man was driving a VW Bora against oncoming traffic when he hit a Saab and a Ford Fiesta, police said.

A 42-year-old man who was driving the Saab sustained injuries to his chest and shoulders, while his female passenger suffered neck and back pain.

The 48-year-old woman driving the Ford suffered whiplash and her passenger sustained neck and back injuries.

Three children and another woman travelling in the back of the two cars were not hurt.

All the injured were taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth, including the VW driver who suffered life-threatening injuries, a police spokesman said.

The road was closed for nearly six hours.

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