MOTORISTS suffered severe delays after a two-vehicle smash on one of Hampshire's busiest motorways as the summer getaway begins.

Part of the M3 northbound carriageway was blocked after a car and flatbed lorry were in collision at 12.30pm between junctions 12 and 11 at Winchester.

Emergency services including police and paramedics were called to the scene but the occupants escaped unharmed.

The inside lane was blocked for nearly an hour while the wreckage is cleared.

It is caused major delays as drivers set off for the great summer getaway.