M25 reopens after lorry accident
Published 06/08/2011 | 05:12
A busy stretch of motorway has re-opened after sections were closed for more than 24 hours on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year for holidaymakers.
It followed a crash on the M25 that left three people seriously hurt.
Traffic was flowing normally on the motorway after the section between junctions seven and eight in Surrey was fully opened to traffic around 9pm.
A large stretch of the road was closed after a smash on Friday, when a lorry travelling on the anti-clockwise carriageway suffered a burst tyre around 4.15pm, causing the driver to lose control.
The HGV hit the central reservation and a gantry, and shed its load onto the opposite carriageway.
This meant that the road had to be closed off, causing 28-mile tailbacks on Friday afternoon.
Three people were hurt in the crash. The lorry driver suffered serious leg injuries and was airlifted to King's College Hospital, south east London.
Some of the aluminium steel bales that the lorry was carrying hit two cars.
The driver of a yellow Nissan Micra suffered serious leg injuries, while the front seat passenger suffered life-threatening injuries and was air-lifted to the Royal London Hospital in east London. The passenger was in a 'very critical' condition, Surrey police said.
A bale also hit a silver Lexus, leaving the driver with minor injuries.