A ROAD has been forced to close with measures in place "into the evening" following a serious crash. 

The A272 near Winchester will be closed between Petersfield Road and Cheesefoot Head car park following a crash this afternoon. 

The road is closed in both directions.

Officials have said that the road is likely to be closed "into the evening". 

A spokesperson from Hampshire Police said: "We are currently dealing with a serious collision on the A272.

"Road closures are in place from the A272 at the Owlslebury junction and the following junction heading toward Winchester.

"The road closure will be in place for a number of hours. If possible, we would advise you to find an alternate route.

"Thank you for your patience as we deal with this incident."

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