Traffic after A27 closed following Chichester lorry crash

THE A27 is likely to be closed “for most of the day” after a lorry overturned. The vehicle is currently lying sideways across the road between the Fishbourne roundabout in Chichester and the Emsworth roundabout. Police have joined fire crews at the scene but officers say the recovery of the large lorry will “take some time”.

A force spokesman said: “The road is closed and will be for a number of hours – possibly most of the day. Please plan ahead.” Sergeant Richard Hobbs of Sussex Roads Police, who is attending the scene, added: “The road will be closed both eastbound and westbound for some time due to the protracted recovery of the overturned HGV.”

There are currently five fire crews at the site of the crash, and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has issued a warning to drivers in the area urging them to “avoid the area”. A spokesman for the service said: “The crash involved one HGV and one car. Crews have released one person from the HGV using small tools.

“The driver of the other vehicle self-released prior to the fire and rescue service’s attendance. “Crews are now working to contain a diesel leak using environmental packs. “The A27 is expected to remain closed for some time.”

Traffic reports from the area describe “very slow traffic”on the A27 and surrounding roads.

Drivers say they are being affected by “severe delays” of more than 20 minutes.

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