Man dies in motorway crash

One man died and another was seriously injured in a lorry crash which forced the closure of the southbound M3 for more than four hours yesterday (January 4).

Police are appealing for witnesses to the single-vehicle at junction 13 of the southbound carriageway of the M3.

The incident happened at about 4.50pm when a 7.5-tonne Mercedes lorry collided with the motorway barrier.

A 60-year-old man and a 45-year-old man were both taken by ambulance to Southampton General Hospital, where the 60-year-old later died. The 45-year-old is in a serious, but not life threatening, condition.

The M3 southbound and one lane of the northbound carriageway were closed between 5pm and 9pm, while police conducted an examination of the scene and the vehicle.

Police continue to investigate the cause of the collision and are appealing for witnesses to contact them on 101 quoting Operation Magnolite.


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