A lorry transporting brand new Range Rovers crashed on a busy dual carriageway last night, scattering its expensive cargo across both sides of the road.
The long-vehicle hit the central reservation and overturned, spilling several luxury cars worth more than £70,000 each and damaging the tarmac.
Police closed the A34, near Whitchurch, Hampshire, in both directions after the accident late last night and repair work is still taking place today.
Expensive spill: Police have closed the A34, near Whitchurch, Hampshire, in both directions after the long-vehicle hit the central reservation, scattering Range Rovers across the road, last night
Hampshire Constabulary’s roads policing unit posted on its Twitter account: ‘A very expensive road traffic collision, thankfully nobody was hurt! Not much left of some nice Range Rovers!’
The transporter was driving north up the A34, between Bullington and Highclere, when it hit the central reservation, at around 11pm.
No one was hurt in the crash and no other vehicles were involved, police said.
Rush hour commuters were this morning met with gridlock as the busy main artery was shut. It is expected to be closed for most of the day.
The lorry and all of the Range Rovers have now been removed, but work is still needed to clear spilled diesel and hydraulic fluid and repair extensive damage to the road surface.
Luxury: The brand new Range Rovers that were wrecked in the accident are similar to this latest model, which starts at £71,295
A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘A transporter lorry carrying several vehicles was in collision with the central barrier on the A34 northbound carriageway at Whitchurch.
‘Several vehicles being carried on the lorry came off and ended up in both carriageways. ‘No other vehicles were involved and fortunately no one was injured.
‘The road is likely to remain closed for most of Tuesday to allow for repairs to the road surface and barriers.’
A spokesman for the Highways Agency added: ‘The A34 is expected to remain closed until at least the early afternoon. Road users are advised to leave plenty of time for their journeys and to avoid the area if possible, using alternative routes.’
The spokesman added: ‘Sections of the north and southbound carriageway have been damaged and will need to be resurfaced, and around 100 metres of barrier in the central reservation also needs to be repaired before the road can be safely re-opened to traffic.