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Updated: Motorists face jams after rush hour crashes
A MAN has been arrested after a serious crash on the M25.
Motorists faced long delays on their morning commute yesterday (19) after two crashes on major roads.
Both tunnels were re-opened following the crash which saw the tunnels shut for three hours and both were re-opened by 12.35pm.
This caused massive delays on the M25 in Kent with traffic queuing back to Orpington and on the A2.
The tolls were made free for a time so drivers could get through the chaos but the barriers were not lifted to allow free-flow traffic.
At 5.10am, police were called to the London-bound carriageway of the A13 near the Stifford turn off following reports of a collision where a grey Seat Ibiza had overturned.
A man, believed to be in his forties, was taken to West Hill Hospital in Kent suffering from chest pains.
Later the same morning, police were called to the M25 in Thurrock following a five-vehicle crash.
The incident happened shortly after 7am to the anti-clockwise carriageway between the Dartford Tunnel and junction 31.
Three cars, a Mercedes, an S-Max and a BMW, and two heavy goods vehicles were involved in the collision and four people were injured - two of them seriously.
Two women and two men were taken to hospitals at Basildon, Darenth Valley, Romford and Whitechapel.
A 35-year-old man from Chatham, Kent was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
The road was closed for four hours while a police investigation was carried out and damaged vehicles were removed.
Drivers were caught in jams as the knock on effect clogged up surrounding roads including the A127 as people avoided the area.
A130 southbound was also backed up between Rettendon Turnpike and the A1245.
A spokesman for the Highways Agency said diversions were put in place while police carried out investigations.
He said: “The M25 was closed northbound between junction 31 and 30 just north of the exit for the tunnel. There was a diversion running between the two taking traffic off at junction 31, along the road paralell and back on at junction 30. There was a tremendous amount of traffic congestion.
“There were delays of 90 minutes.”
The road fully reopened at 12.35pm.
Any witnesses or anyone with information about events leading to the crash should contact the investigating officer Pc Joe Gasparini at the Chigwell Road Policing Office on 101.
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