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Police appeal for witnesses following serious collision in Portsmouth

Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious collision that happened shortly after midday today

Emergency services were scrambled to the Eastern Road, Portsmouth, after reports of a multi car collision in which a van with two occupants had rolled over.

It’s believed that the van had collided with a BMW that was travelling North out the city, causing the van lose control hurtling towards two lanes of on-coming traffic.

It then collided with two other vehicles, before hitting a Skoda that was shunted across the central reservation.

The van then flipped onto its side with the two occupants who had become trapped in the collision.

A witness who was travelling South into Portsmouth said: “I was driving into Portsmouth with my wife and two children, when I suddenly saw a van hurtling towards us, I immediately braked and stopped my vehicle and got my wife and two children out the vehicle.

I immediately went running over to the van and found a young child who was screaming and looked very scared by what had happened, her father was also trapped in the van and I quickly got the child out and then assisted getting her father out.

It must have been extremely scary for the child as there was dust everywhere from building materials that were in the van.”

Photo Credit Marcin J

Paramedics assessed two casualties from the van, whilst Firefighters assessed the occupants of the other involved vehicles.

Fortunately there were no serious injuries sustained in the collision, the male was taken to hospital for an injury to his arm and the child taken to hospital for observation, both are expected to make a full recovery.

Police reopened the road around 3.20pm after recovery agents worked to remove the damaged vehicles and Colas Roads cleared the debris from the involved vehicles.

Officers of Hampshire Roads Policing Unit are now appealing to the public for help into the investigation, did you witness the collision, do you have dash-cam footage leading upto the collision.

Police are asking anyone that may hold vital information into the collision to contact 101 quoting 44220264854.