A MAN in his 60s was killed after being involved in a serious crash on the M271 motorway.

Emergency services raced to the scene yesterday morning after a lorry, two vans and a truck collided on the Southbound carriageway at around 8.30am.

Despite the best efforts of paramedics, the man was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident.

Crews from Redbridge, St Mary’s and Eastleigh Fire Stations were called to help.

Meanwhile, both sides of the road were closed with motorists urged to find alternative routes in and out of the city.

The crash had an effect on traffic travelling between J2 and J3 of the M27.

The Northbound carriageway was reopened later in the morning however the Southbound remained closed until around 3pm.

Police have now launched a witness appeal to establish what happened.

A spokesperson said: “We are appealing for witnesses after a man in his 60s sadly died in a collision on the M271 this morning.

“Police were called just after 8.30am yesterday to the collision, involving a heavy goods vehicle, Nissan Navara, Mercedes Vito van and Renault Relay van.

“We are keen to speak with anyone who witnessed the collision this morning, particularly anyone who has dashcam footage of the incident or the moments leading up to it.

“Anyone with information should call 101, quoting the reference 44200444863.”

It is unknown which vehicle the man was driving, however, the Daily Echo has asked Hampshire Police for more information.

In a separate incident over the weekend, two men were seriously hurt in an assault and crash on the M3.

A 59-year-old man was reportedly assaulted on the carriageway near J11 and taken to hospital with serious injuries.

His alleged attacker a 21-year-old male, was also involved in a crash with a vehicle and taken to hospital with potentially life-threatening injuries where he remains.