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Serious Crash on M11 Near Stansted Airport

Thursday 15th May 2014

Several people have been injured after a five-vehicle crash on a motorway in Essex.

Three cars, a lorry and a horsebox were involved in the crash on the M11 between junctions 7 for Harlow and 8 for Bishops Stortford just after 2pm.

The motorway had to be shut in both directions - see live travel news>>

An Essex Police spokesman said: "(There is a) very serious crash on the M11 northbound in Essex between junctions 7 at Harlow and 8 which is the Bishops Stortford and Stansted Airport junction.

"Motorist are advised to avoid the area and plan alternate routes."

An air ambulance was among the emergency services that attended.

A spokeswoman for East of England Ambulance Service said: "We have sent two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, our hazardous area response team (HART) and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance to the scene of a several vehicle collision.

"Police have closed the motorway in order to allow the air ambulance to land."

Three people were cut out of cars at the scene of the crash by firefighters before being treated by paramedics.

The Highways Agency has said that the motorway will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so but added that the closure is expected to last through the evening rush hour and into this evening. Current delays are at least 30 minutes.

"Drivers, and in particular those wishing to travel to Stansted Airport are advised to plan their journeys and allow extra time to travel," the spokesperson added.