Police plea for dashcam footage after crashes block M27

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An aquaplaning car is thought to have caused one of the crashes (file photo)

AN aquaplaning car is thought to have resulted in crashes involving three vehicles which blocked a stretch of the M27 near Cadnam.

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Police have asked for witnesses and dashcam footage after the incident, which took place on the westbound carriageway between junction 2 for Ower and junction 1 (Cadnam) around 2.30pm yesterday (Wednesday). All three drivers suffered minor injuries.

It is thought a Mercedes aquaplaned in standing water while trying to overtake a Volvo, striking the vehicle as a result.

Around the same time, a Ford careered off the carriageway and ploughed into a tree after a collision with another vehicle.

Paramedics including a hazardous area response team and the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance critical care car were dispatched.

One male driver was taken to Southampton General Hospital, but a spokesperson for South Central Ambulance Service said his injuries were not thought to be serious.

Firefighters from Redbridge and Eastleigh helped medics with the casualties and ensured the scene was safe.

All lanes of the carriageway were blocked for about 90 minutes while crews dealt with the incident and police investigated.

A spokesperson for the Hampshire force said: “The exact circumstances of the collision are not yet known, but it is believed that a Mercedes has aquaplaned on standing water on the road and collided with a Volvo which the driver was attempting to overtake.

“At a similar time another vehicle, a Ford, has also lost control after being struck by a vehicle, leaving the carriageway and colliding with a tree on the embankment.”

The spokesperson continued: “Police have conducted initial lines of enquiry into the exact circumstances, but we are now turning to the public for help.

“Were you on the road at the time? Did you witness the incident or the moments leading up to it? Perhaps you have dash cam footage available?”

Those with information should contact officers on 101, quoting incident reference number 44200484465, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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