A serious crash on the M25 saw three people die and two arrested after a huge collision that shut the motorway for hours.
Emergency services attended the scene of the incident on the M25 anticlockwise near Waltham Abbey shortly after 6pm yesterday evening (Monday, August 23).
The incident, which involved a lorry, minibus and a car, closed the carriageway between junction 26 and 27 for almost 12 hours.
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Three people tragically lost their lives in the crash, while a fourth is in hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Two drivers have also been arrested.
Following the crash, a diversion was put in place while emergency services dealt with the incident. Motorists were advised to travel on the M11 to bypass the M25 where the incident happened.
However, three other incidents also caused delays on the M11 southbound J6 to J4.
Photos at the scene of the crash showed a number of emergency vehicles attending the scene, as well as a large number of stationary cars queueing along the road.
East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust sent its Hazardous Area Response Team, two air ambulances, nine ambulances, four ambulance officers and an LAS (London Ambulance Service) vehicle.
“We are treating a number of people involved,” the trust said at the time of the crash.
Fire engines from Brentwood, Loughton, Waltham Abbey and Epping also attended the scene.
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Essex Police stated that they wished to trace the movements of the vehicles in the lead up to the crash: “We are particularly keen to trace the movements of all three vehicles – a Mondeo, a minibus and a lorry – leading up to the collision.
“Anyone with information who has not yet spoken to our officers is urged to do so.”
Detective Sergeant Steve Holmes, from the Essex Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit, spoke from the scene to thank those who had assisted officers in the investigation so far.
He said: “This evening 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.
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“The road remained closed whilst our colleagues tended to those who were injured and whilst we have 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, and our colleagues in Highways England are aiming to get you off of the motorway by 2am.
“Please make sure you get home safely and, if you have any information at all that can help us, don’t hesitate to report it.”
Anyone who witnessed the collision, has dash cam footage, or has information on ii being asked 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 Essex Police on 101 and cite incident 972 of Monday 23 August.
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