Part of a Hampshire motorway was shut following a lorry crashing into a tree.

The M27 westbound carriageway is shut at junction two for Salisbury and Romsey last night.

It followed an incident further down the road when a tree fell across the carriageway of the A31 after the lorry left the road and crashed into it.

The driver was taken to hospital following the crash crash which took place between the M27 junction one at Cadnam and Rufus Stone Services at 6.50pm.

Police say he was reported as being conscious following the collision which caused the tree to become embedded in the vehicle’s cab.

The road  was closed to remove the tree after the lorry was been removed.

It  caused major tailbacks onto the M27 as people return from the Bank Holiday break.

There are queues approaching the closure.

The diversion took drivers via A35 through Lyndhurst to Christchurch, then A3060, then A338 northbound to rejoin the A31 at St Ives.

The eastbound carriageway was unaffected by the incident.

A police spokeswoman said: “A lorry was witnessed crashing into a tree. The driver was reported as conscious and went to hospital.

“The lorry was in the ditch, not quite on its side but with a large tree overhanging. Recovery were called as the tree was embedded into the cab.”