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M11 Closed After Glue Spilt On Motorway

Friday 4th July 2014

The M11 motorway in Essex has been closed after chemicals from a tanker which overturned last night.

m11 glue

Police shut the road between junctions 7 and 8 - a 10 mile-stretch - during the evening rush hour, with fire crews waiting for scientific advice on how to deal with the substance.

A 25-metre section of the southbound carriageway was covered with a chemical foam, which started to solidify over the road surface.

The southbound carriageway is still closed. Drivers are being urged to find an alternative route.

Ian Jobson from the Highways Agency said: "We have been working throughout the night to ensure the foam is removed as quickly and safely as possible but this is a complicated operation.

"The nature of the chemical involved has meant that we have had to ensure none of it reaches the water course and so the clean up operation involves jetwashing the carriageway surface and then using gulley suckers to ensure all liquid is removed and can be safely and environmentally disposed of away from the scene.

"We are working as quickly as we can and we would like to thank road users for their patience while we carry out this important work."