The M11 is completely shut in both directions this afternoon (Wednesday, July 14) due to a lorry fire.
The blaze broke out close to London Stansted Airport, and a video circulating on social media shows flames rising high into the sky.
Long queues are forming in both directions and Highways England have warned that the road will be shut for some time.
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They tweeted: “M11 closed J10 to 8 Southbound for a Lorry #Fire, this will also affect the J9 entry slip from the #A11, Northbound also closed J8/9.
“Please avoid the area at all costs as this will be closed for some time. #StanstedAirPort #Stansted #StompsCross.”
Essex Police are at the scene alongside firefighters.
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They tweeted: “We are currently on the scene of a vehicle fire on the #M11.
“Officers will be closing the M11 on both carriageways between Junctions 8 and 9 and the on-slip for the #A11.
“Please seek another route if you can.”
The Essex County Fire and Rescue Service have been approached for comment.
Motorists are advised to avoid the area at all costs, as the road is likely to be shut for some time.
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