Three people have died in a major crash on the M25 involving a lorry, a minibus and a car, with a fourth person in hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Two drivers have been arrested in connection with the serious crash.
The two drivers have been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury and death by dangerous driving for the incident that happened just outside Waltham Forest, leaving traffic stranded for more than 10 hours.
Officers were called to the scene of the crash just after 6.15pm yesterday (Monday, August 23).
The motorway was closed anticlockwise from junction 27 M11 J6 to junction 26 A121 for just over ten and a half hours until around 05:10am this morning (Tuesday, August 24).
Essex Police have said they are keen to trace the movements of all three vehicles – a Mondeo, a minibus and a lorry – leading up to the collision.
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Detective Sergeant Steve Holmes, from the serious collision investigation unit, spoke from the scene to thank those who had assisted officers in the investigation so far.
He said: “This has been incredibly challenging and we are continuing to work as quickly as we can to piece together exactly what led to this tragic incident.
“My thoughts, and those of all officers on scene are with the families of those who lost their lives this evening.
“At present, two drivers have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
“I need anyone with further information to come forward.
“The road remained closed whilst our colleagues tended to those who were injured and whilst we gathered evidence and preserved the crime scene.
“I would like to thank everyone on the M25 for their patience – I know it’s been a long night.”
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Anyone who witnessed the collision, has dash cam footage, or has information on it should submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.
You can also call police on 101 and cite incident 972 of Monday 23 August.
Information can also be given to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org.
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