Hampshire & Isle of Wight

M27 motorway delays caused by lorry crash

M27 Image copyright John Cole
Image caption Lane three on both carriageways was closed while the lorry was recovered and repairs were carried out

Drivers have experienced long delays after a lorry crashed into the central reservation of the M27 in Hampshire.

The vehicle hit the barrier on the eastbound carriageway between junctions five (Southampton Airport) and seven (Hedge End) at about 07:00 GMT.

Lane three on both carriageways was closed, with the Highways Agency reporting hold ups of up to one hour.

Delays continued through the evening rush hour as the lane closures remained in place.

Motorists were being advised to plan for longer journey times and find alternative routes.

The Highways Agency said about 400m (1,312ft) of the barrier had been flattened by the lorry.

Tim Lyver, from the agency, said: "The crash barrier did its job and contained the vehicle, but it does give us a huge problem.

"It takes a long time to repair something of that magnitude. Delays will continue throughout the day."

The driver of the lorry had been taken to hospital. His injuries are not thought to be serious.

Image caption The Highways Agency reported delays of up to an hour

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