M25 forced to close after two-lorry crash - motorists told to find alternative routes

Echo: M25 in chaos after lorry crash M25 in chaos after lorry crash

THE M25 is in chaos after a two lorry smash.

The crash happened at around 2.20pm today when the heavy goods vehicle collided on the carriageway near Thurrock, between the A127 and A13 junctions.

The crash on the clockwise carriageway of the M25 left one driver trapped in the cab of his vehicle and oil and fuel spilling on to the road.

Police had to shut the carriageway, between both junctions, while fire crews from Orsett and Grays spent nearly two hours trying to free the trapped man.

He was eventually taken to hospital by air ambulance.

Emergency crews were expected to keep the clockwise carriageway closed until the early hours of Tuesday while they cleared away the wreckages and the spilt fuel.

Motorists trying to get into Essex from Kent were being diverted off at junction 31 for Lakeside and having to rejoin the motorway further ahead.

The lorry driver, a man in his 20s, suffered multiple injuries and at the time of press police were unable to say which hospital he had been taken to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7:08pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Mick P says...

are you sure it wasnt the accident that happened between juc 31 and 30 on the ANTI clockwise ???????
are you sure it wasnt the accident that happened between juc 31 and 30 on the ANTI clockwise ??????? Mick P

7:11pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Carnabackable says...

Mick P wrote:
are you sure it wasnt the accident that happened between juc 31 and 30 on the ANTI clockwise ???????
Try the BBC if you think it was the anti clockwise....
[quote][p][bold]Mick P[/bold] wrote: are you sure it wasnt the accident that happened between juc 31 and 30 on the ANTI clockwise ???????[/p][/quote]Try the BBC if you think it was the anti clockwise.... Carnabackable

7:40pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Mick P says...

Carnabackable wrote:
Mick P wrote:
are you sure it wasnt the accident that happened between juc 31 and 30 on the ANTI clockwise ???????
Try the BBC if you think it was the anti clockwise....
yes i did look at the bbc site and you would notice there was a traffic hold up on the clockwise but wasnt nothing to do with the lorry accident,look at the bbc site again look at the incident nearer to the crossing thats the one with the lorries
PS
[quote][p][bold]Carnabackable[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mick P[/bold] wrote: are you sure it wasnt the accident that happened between juc 31 and 30 on the ANTI clockwise ???????[/p][/quote]Try the BBC if you think it was the anti clockwise....[/p][/quote]yes i did look at the bbc site and you would notice there was a traffic hold up on the clockwise but wasnt nothing to do with the lorry accident,look at the bbc site again look at the incident nearer to the crossing thats the one with the lorries PS Mick P

7:51pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Mick P says...

and how could you possibly rejoin the motorway after leaving jcn31 clockwise ??? traffic was diverted off 31 and rejoined at 30 because that was where the accident was (anticlockwise)
and how could you possibly rejoin the motorway after leaving jcn31 clockwise ??? traffic was diverted off 31 and rejoined at 30 because that was where the accident was (anticlockwise) Mick P

9:59pm Mon 17 Dec 12

hemmie says...

And guess what.......they still charged me to go through the tolls even though it is supposed to be free in heavy traffic
And guess what.......they still charged me to go through the tolls even though it is supposed to be free in heavy traffic hemmie

10:03pm Mon 17 Dec 12

Elephantman2 says...

hemmie wrote:
And guess what.......they still charged me to go through the tolls even though it is supposed to be free in heavy traffic
Cheekuy Bastards; 6 hours Bluewater to Rochford; Kent Police nowhere to be see....
[quote][p][bold]hemmie[/bold] wrote: And guess what.......they still charged me to go through the tolls even though it is supposed to be free in heavy traffic[/p][/quote]Cheekuy Bastards; 6 hours Bluewater to Rochford; Kent Police nowhere to be see.... Elephantman2

7:08am Tue 18 Dec 12

Brunning999 says...

I remember the time when lorry drivers were considered good drivers!

These days especially on the M25 so many lorries are driven like mad by lunatics, who these days has not suffered a lorry almost touching your rear bumper at 70 mph?

Who has not nearly had their front ripped off by a lorry pulling out.

Who has not nearly lost their front wing by lorries taking up every lane when negotiating roundabouts.

Yes I know we need lorries and I know we will never have enough Police on the roads to deal with them so I treat them all like a dreaded disease and believe they will all drive like lunatics and give way or expect EVERYTIME they will cut me up or pull out.
I remember the time when lorry drivers were considered good drivers! These days especially on the M25 so many lorries are driven like mad by lunatics, who these days has not suffered a lorry almost touching your rear bumper at 70 mph? Who has not nearly had their front ripped off by a lorry pulling out. Who has not nearly lost their front wing by lorries taking up every lane when negotiating roundabouts. Yes I know we need lorries and I know we will never have enough Police on the roads to deal with them so I treat them all like a dreaded disease and believe they will all drive like lunatics and give way or expect EVERYTIME they will cut me up or pull out. Brunning999

8:27am Tue 18 Dec 12

colsmith says...

Brunning999 wrote:
I remember the time when lorry drivers were considered good drivers!

These days especially on the M25 so many lorries are driven like mad by lunatics, who these days has not suffered a lorry almost touching your rear bumper at 70 mph?

Who has not nearly had their front ripped off by a lorry pulling out.

Who has not nearly lost their front wing by lorries taking up every lane when negotiating roundabouts.

Yes I know we need lorries and I know we will never have enough Police on the roads to deal with them so I treat them all like a dreaded disease and believe they will all drive like lunatics and give way or expect EVERYTIME they will cut me up or pull out.
So do I. As a point of interest, virtually all Artics and other HGV's are governed to 56 mph so your 70mph seems a wee bit off the mark. Also, have you ever driven an Artic in heavy traffic? No - thought not as if you had, you would be aware that on some occasions Artics utilise more than one lane to control their vehicle and in particular on smaller roundabouts. Most drivers with more than half a brain realise this and make allowances. I said most, not all. Unfortunately society and life would come to an abrupt end if Artics and other HGV's were not on the roads. I do agree that some younger HGV drivers seem manic and I'd like to know how much they paid for their forged licence but that's another issue. Driving involves a lot of common sense...We all have it but some of us tend not to use it......
[quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: I remember the time when lorry drivers were considered good drivers! These days especially on the M25 so many lorries are driven like mad by lunatics, who these days has not suffered a lorry almost touching your rear bumper at 70 mph? Who has not nearly had their front ripped off by a lorry pulling out. Who has not nearly lost their front wing by lorries taking up every lane when negotiating roundabouts. Yes I know we need lorries and I know we will never have enough Police on the roads to deal with them so I treat them all like a dreaded disease and believe they will all drive like lunatics and give way or expect EVERYTIME they will cut me up or pull out.[/p][/quote]So do I. As a point of interest, virtually all Artics and other HGV's are governed to 56 mph so your 70mph seems a wee bit off the mark. Also, have you ever driven an Artic in heavy traffic? No - thought not as if you had, you would be aware that on some occasions Artics utilise more than one lane to control their vehicle and in particular on smaller roundabouts. Most drivers with more than half a brain realise this and make allowances. I said most, not all. Unfortunately society and life would come to an abrupt end if Artics and other HGV's were not on the roads. I do agree that some younger HGV drivers seem manic and I'd like to know how much they paid for their forged licence but that's another issue. Driving involves a lot of common sense...We all have it but some of us tend not to use it...... colsmith

1:02pm Tue 18 Dec 12

ricardo62 says...

the reason why artics seem 2 drive like that is the pressure put on them by there bosses , making them do timed deliverys ie supermarket r d c ,s if there not dead on time the big companys turn them away with heavy financial costs to the transport firm ,they are given unrealistic times to get to places ,by traffic planners and transport mgrs ,its the transport bosses and big customers who are to blame , perhaps if the drivers wernt under so much pressure to make deliverys on time and all for a pittance of a wage , with very long hours then they wouldnt drive like they do , also car drivers are not blameless , look at the standard of sum of there driving ?
the reason why artics seem 2 drive like that is the pressure put on them by there bosses , making them do timed deliverys ie supermarket r d c ,s if there not dead on time the big companys turn them away with heavy financial costs to the transport firm ,they are given unrealistic times to get to places ,by traffic planners and transport mgrs ,its the transport bosses and big customers who are to blame , perhaps if the drivers wernt under so much pressure to make deliverys on time and all for a pittance of a wage , with very long hours then they wouldnt drive like they do , also car drivers are not blameless , look at the standard of sum of there driving ? ricardo62

3:23pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Stewyb says...

I was 2 cars behind the lorry as this happened. Being there and helping get the windscreen out of the drivers face is something I never want to experience ever again. The fact some people had hours of delays and having to pay for the toll seems a small price to pay. The fact the young driver got out alive is unbelievable. I hope he makes a full recovery.
I was 2 cars behind the lorry as this happened. Being there and helping get the windscreen out of the drivers face is something I never want to experience ever again. The fact some people had hours of delays and having to pay for the toll seems a small price to pay. The fact the young driver got out alive is unbelievable. I hope he makes a full recovery. Stewyb

7:37am Wed 19 Dec 12

Thurrockbob says...

colsmith wrote:
Brunning999 wrote:
I remember the time when lorry drivers were considered good drivers!

These days especially on the M25 so many lorries are driven like mad by lunatics, who these days has not suffered a lorry almost touching your rear bumper at 70 mph?

Who has not nearly had their front ripped off by a lorry pulling out.

Who has not nearly lost their front wing by lorries taking up every lane when negotiating roundabouts.

Yes I know we need lorries and I know we will never have enough Police on the roads to deal with them so I treat them all like a dreaded disease and believe they will all drive like lunatics and give way or expect EVERYTIME they will cut me up or pull out.
So do I. As a point of interest, virtually all Artics and other HGV's are governed to 56 mph so your 70mph seems a wee bit off the mark. Also, have you ever driven an Artic in heavy traffic? No - thought not as if you had, you would be aware that on some occasions Artics utilise more than one lane to control their vehicle and in particular on smaller roundabouts. Most drivers with more than half a brain realise this and make allowances. I said most, not all. Unfortunately society and life would come to an abrupt end if Artics and other HGV's were not on the roads. I do agree that some younger HGV drivers seem manic and I'd like to know how much they paid for their forged licence but that's another issue. Driving involves a lot of common sense...We all have it but some of us tend not to use it......
Well said Colsmith, spot on!
[quote][p][bold]colsmith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brunning999[/bold] wrote: I remember the time when lorry drivers were considered good drivers! These days especially on the M25 so many lorries are driven like mad by lunatics, who these days has not suffered a lorry almost touching your rear bumper at 70 mph? Who has not nearly had their front ripped off by a lorry pulling out. Who has not nearly lost their front wing by lorries taking up every lane when negotiating roundabouts. Yes I know we need lorries and I know we will never have enough Police on the roads to deal with them so I treat them all like a dreaded disease and believe they will all drive like lunatics and give way or expect EVERYTIME they will cut me up or pull out.[/p][/quote]So do I. As a point of interest, virtually all Artics and other HGV's are governed to 56 mph so your 70mph seems a wee bit off the mark. Also, have you ever driven an Artic in heavy traffic? No - thought not as if you had, you would be aware that on some occasions Artics utilise more than one lane to control their vehicle and in particular on smaller roundabouts. Most drivers with more than half a brain realise this and make allowances. I said most, not all. Unfortunately society and life would come to an abrupt end if Artics and other HGV's were not on the roads. I do agree that some younger HGV drivers seem manic and I'd like to know how much they paid for their forged licence but that's another issue. Driving involves a lot of common sense...We all have it but some of us tend not to use it......[/p][/quote]Well said Colsmith, spot on! Thurrockbob

10:35am Wed 19 Dec 12

J_blond says...

Stewyb wrote:
I was 2 cars behind the lorry as this happened. Being there and helping get the windscreen out of the drivers face is something I never want to experience ever again. The fact some people had hours of delays and having to pay for the toll seems a small price to pay. The fact the young driver got out alive is unbelievable. I hope he makes a full recovery.
My wife and I were talking about this the other day as we were stuck on the A13 after the fatal crash there. We couldn't believe one bloke go out of his car and stormed down to the poliece car in front, then stormed back huffing and puffing!

Being stuck in a bit of traffic may be inconvenient, but it nothing in comparison to losing someone you love. The family of the driver that day will feel worse for a long time, than the family of a man or woman who is an hour late getting home.

Thankfully this time it was not a fatal on the M25 and well done for helping. Unfortunately I don't see how this morning's accident can have the same outcome :-(
[quote][p][bold]Stewyb[/bold] wrote: I was 2 cars behind the lorry as this happened. Being there and helping get the windscreen out of the drivers face is something I never want to experience ever again. The fact some people had hours of delays and having to pay for the toll seems a small price to pay. The fact the young driver got out alive is unbelievable. I hope he makes a full recovery.[/p][/quote]My wife and I were talking about this the other day as we were stuck on the A13 after the fatal crash there. We couldn't believe one bloke go out of his car and stormed down to the poliece car in front, then stormed back huffing and puffing! Being stuck in a bit of traffic may be inconvenient, but it nothing in comparison to losing someone you love. The family of the driver that day will feel worse for a long time, than the family of a man or woman who is an hour late getting home. Thankfully this time it was not a fatal on the M25 and well done for helping. Unfortunately I don't see how this morning's accident can have the same outcome :-( J_blond

11:27am Wed 19 Dec 12

Mick P says...

You are right it does look like a possible fatal
You are right it does look like a possible fatal Mick P

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