Hampshire & Isle of Wight

M3 reopened in Basingstoke after fuel spill

Highways Agency workers on the closed northbound section of the M3 after the fuel spillage
Image caption The motorway was resurfaced after the crash

The M3 motorway in Hampshire has reopened after a fuel spill caused major delays for motorists.

It was caused by a crash involving a van and fuel tanker on the northbound side between junction 6 at Basingstoke and 5, at Hook, at about 08:30 BST.

A traffic queue formed, and a woman suffered life-threatening injuries in a collision between a car and lorry.

The northbound lanes from junction 7 at Dummer to 5 were reopened at about 19:00 BST.

The southbound lanes were closed for a short while to allow an air ambulance to land for the injured woman, said to be aged in her 30s, who was a passenger in the car.

The woman driving the car, also in her 30s, suffered minor injuries.

About 500 litres of diesel spilt from the tanker on to the carriageway.

Traffic queues of six miles (10km) to Junction 8, where the M3 meets the A303, were reported.

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