Lorry crash causes motorway chaos
Motorists departing for weekend breaks and summer holidays have faced lengthy delays after a lorry struck a motorway's central reservation, leaving three people injured.
Several vehicles were caught up in the collision on the M25 in Surrey, which caused long tailbacks.
A Highways Agency spokesman said the tailbacks stretched back 28 miles to junction ten anti-clockwise and six miles between junctions five and six clockwise by 7.30pm.
The Highways Agency said the HGV had spilled diesel on the anti-clockwise carriageway and shed its load on the clockwise carriageway. The other vehicle involved was a Nissan Micra, Surrey Police said.
Three people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries. They are the driver of the HGV and a man and woman who were in the Micra.
The force warned of severe traffic disruption and advised drivers to take alternative routes as they headed out of London.
The Highways Agency spokesman said "trapped traffic" either side of the closed section was cleared from the motorway by about 8.30pm on Friday.
Police allowed the hard shoulders on the closed section to be opened and trapped motorists were allowed to leave the motorway via the closed junctions.
He said the road may have been damaged by the spilt diesel and so repairs may have to be carried out overnight, adding that repairs were needed on the central reservation where the accident took place.
Police were investigating the scene of the accident, he said.