M25 Closure Causes Severe Delays After Crash
The M25 motorway from J23 to J25 is reopened to traffic after being closed for most of the day following a lorry crash.
A lorry crash on the M25 has caused rush hour traffic delays after the Highways Agency closed part of the motorway in both directions for much of the day.
Police said there were severe delays after the M25 was shut in both directions between junction 23 at South Mimms in Hertfordshire and junction 25 at the junction with the A10 north of Enfield in north London.
The motorway was reopened again on the clockwise carriageway at 5.40pm, and in the anti-clockwise direction from about 8pm.
The Highways Agency says there continue to be delays of about 90 minutes on the motorway back to junction 26.
One person is in critical condition after the crash
"The motorway had been closed in both directions. following an incident in which an HGV overturned, crossing the central reservation," the agency said.
"Following a police investigation at scene, the vehicle was removed, the area cleared of debris, and the damaged central reservation barrier was repaired."
Police arrested the lorry driver on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He remains in custody at a police station in north London.
Many drivers took to Twitter to express their frustration at the delays.
The crash has caused major rush-hour delays (Pic: India Thomson)
"Thanks M25 - Nothing like spending 6 hours in traffic to round off your week," wrote David Hobson.
"M25 & M4 worse and longer than return crossing of the channel," said Twitter user Mandy Pickford.
"On the way to Portsmouth, this M25 traffic has killed me," wrote Sam Ling.
Others were more upbeat about the incident.
Aerial footage of the crash scene
"M25 is shut in both directions this is the time where all the little rat runs you learn working in a van pay off," wrote Daniel Cooper.
Four people were hurt when the lorry overturned around 9:30am, forcing police to close the carriageway while emergency services attended the scene.
One man was taken to a hospital in Cambridgeshire by the Hertfordshire Ambulance Service, where he remains in a critical condition.
A second man was taken to a central London hospital by the London Air Ambulance in a serious condition.
The closed off section of the motorway
A third man is being treated at a central London hospital for a leg injury. The fourth man received treatment at the scene for minor injuries.
It is the second time in three days the M25 has partially closed.
On Tuesday, the M25 had to be closed between J23 and J25 after the driver of a lorry died when the vehicle overturned and caught fire near J25.