M25 remains shut 10 hours after lorry and car smash left three people ‘seriously injured’
A smash between a lorry and a car on the M25 left three people in hospital with serious injuries and sparked fury from motorists, who faced a 13-hour long closure that spilled over into the evening rush hour.
The M25 clockwise was shut from Junction 10 at the A3 Wisley Interchange to Junction 11 at the A320 St Peters Way following the crash, which took place at around 3.30am today.
Three people were taken to hospital with serious injuries following the incident, police revealed.
National Highways, formerly known as Highways England, wrote that all four lanes of the M25 clockwise had been shut after the crash.
The closure was finally lifted just after 4pm, around the time of the busy evening rush.
Motorists had earlier voiced their fury over the lack of progress, with some claiming they ‘haven’t moved for over two hours’.
The closure is the latest cause of disruption for commuters on the M25, who have faced weeks of chaos at the hands of Insulate Britain.
The eco-protesters have crippled the motorway more than a dozen times in recent weeks, with drivers stuck in queues for hours, waiting for police to move on the demonstrators.
A section of the M25 in Surrey was closed following a serious crash involving a lorry and a car
Three people have been seriously injured in the crash which happened in the early hours of this morning
Motorists voiced their fury over the lack of progress , with some claiming they had ‘haven’t moved for over two hours’
One wrote: ‘Why can’t cars come off at Cobham? My wife is stuck between J9 and 10 and is 600m from the exit for the past 4 hours.’
Another said: ‘So the road closed at 3am and won’t open again for 12 hours?! Why?!’
A third said: ‘Nothing is moving at all and hasn’t for over an hour between 9 and 10. I’m still 5 miles from junction.’
The National Highways: South-East Twitter page posted at 3.21am today that the M25 clockwise between Junction 10, Wisley, and Junction 11, Chertsey, was closed ‘due to an RTC’.
Traffic officers and emergency attended to deal with the situation.
The National Highways: South-East Twitter page posted at 3.21am today that the M25 clockwise between Junction 10, Wisley, and Junction 11, Chertsey, was closed ‘due to an RTC’. At 1.51pm, they added that the M25 was ‘still closed Junctions 10 #Wisley to Junction 11 #Chersey’ while damage to the barriers and carriageway was being dealt with
Motorists had faced mile-long queues throughout today, with delays of around 60 minutes on the clockwise carriageway.
At 1.22pm, National Highways revealed that both vehicles involved in the incident had been moved to the hard shoulder by traffic officers and ‘all lanes 3 and 4 are now clear and running again’.
But at 1.51pm, they added that the M25 was ‘still closed Junctions 10 #Wisley to Junction 11 #Chersey’ while damage to the barriers and carriageway was being dealt with.
A Surrey Police spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We were called to junction 10 on the M25 clockwise, this morning (12 October), at around 3.30am, following reports of a collision between a car and a lorry.
‘Three people have been taken to hospital with serious injuries and all four lanes remain closed at this time. We are advising people to avoid the area if possible.’
The National Highways South East Twitter account posted at 4.05pm: ‘M25 Clockwise now open at J10, slip road being opened as I type.’