MILES of traffic queues built-up near Ringwood this morning following a three-vehicle collision on a major road.

At around 11am emergency services were called to the westbound carriageway of the A31 following a collision involving a heavy goods vehicle, a Citroen van and a Peugeot 107.

A spokesman from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said the heavy goods vehicle, a DAS truck, was in collision with the van, pushing it against the central reservation.

The driver of the van, who escaped with minor injuries, had to be released by firefighters after he became trapped inside the vehicle.

The spokesman from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “The male driver was unable to get out of the vehicle. Fire crews were called to the scene to release him.”

The collision took place between the A338 junction to Ringwood and the Ashley Heath Roundabout.
Following the incident, severe traffic built up in the area with motorists reporting traffic queuing as far back as Cadnam.

The Highways Agency closed both lanes of the dual carriageway for ten minutes while emergency services made the scene safe.

A spokesman from Hampshire Police said: “At 11.20am the Highways Agency closed the road for ten minutes.

“One lane was reopened to allow traffic to past while the vehicles were recovered.”

The police spokesman said no one was believed to have suffered serious injuries during the crash.

All vehicles were recovered and the road was fully reopened at around 1.30pm.