Half-term getaway grinds to an early halt: M11 is CLOSED after lorry topples onto a van in Essex causing huge tailbacks onto the M25
- Lorry and van were in collision as families tried to getaway for half-term
- Accident happened just after 12pm on M11 near to the junction for the M25
- Pictures of the crash showed a silver van with a lorry cab on top of it
A lorry crash has shut down the M11 after toppling onto a van – as thousands attempted an early start to a half term getaway.
The HGV accident happened on the northbound carriageway near Epping, Essex, just after 12pm near to where the road meets up with the M25.
Officials at the scene warned drivers they faced a wait of over three hours as vehicles and services worked to investigate then clear the scene.
The van involved in the crash was still standing despite the huge weight of the lorry cab
The accident happened under a bridge on the M11 and initially saw all lanes of traffic stopped
One motorist said: ‘Avoid M11 from London at all costs. Currently sat 20 cars away from a multi car lorry pile up.
‘Am being told there’s a three hour wait. Disgruntled but giving thanks because a nano second later that could have easily been my car. Hoping that the people involved are all OK.’
The van appeared to have managed to have stayed in shape, despite the weight of the cab
The accident came as tens of thousands of parents and children decided to take to the roads to try and get away on holiday.
Traffic cameras showed the queues of traffic caused by the motorway lorry crash
Motorists were told to expect a wait of up to three hours while investigators were at the site
Many schools break-up for half term today, with some closing at lunchtime ahead fo of the weekend.
Essex Travel News tweeted: ‘M11 northbound BLOCKED at J6 (M25) by an accident involving a lorry and a car.
‘The northbound entry slip road from the M25 to the M11 is also blocked.
‘Queues building on M11 northbound back to J5 (Loughton) and on M25 anticlockwise back towards J28 (A12).’
Caravans and campervans begin to fill up the camping field at Highlands End Holiday Park at Eype near Bridport in Dorset this afternoon
The camping field at Highlands End Holiday Park at Eype near Bridport in Dorset this afternoon
Downing Street confirmed yesterday that families living in tier three lockdown areas should not go on holiday this half-term.
No 10 encouraged everyone in the high-risk areas to not plan a getaway as school holidays begin this weekend.
Sarah Champion, Labour MP for Rotherham, asked the Government whether her constituents in South Yorkshire – which will be put into the ‘very high risk’ category on Saturday – would be able to get away.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: ‘People should not travel outside the area except for a very short list of exemptions, such as for care or work purposes.’ He added that while this was not the law, it was clear in guidance.