M25 traffic delays after van catches fire between M11 and A12 junctions

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A van caught fire on the M25 in Essex this afternoon (May 7) causing further delays to motorists on the road. The incident took place between junctions 27 and 28 with the M11 and A12 at around 12.30pm this afternoon.

The van caught fire and caused all traffic to be held for some time. National Highways advised that there was an ambulance and other emergency services sent to the scene on the clockwise carriageway.

Traffic was held for some time before some lanes were reopened on the clockwise carriageway at around 1.30pm. There were up to 60 minute delays on each carriageway at the height of the incident.

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National Highways confirmed all lanes reopened at 3.40pm, but delays still remain. A spokesman said: "All lanes have now reopened on the #M25 clockwise between J27 (#M11) and J28 (#Brentwood) following recovery and carriageway assessments.

"There is still approx. 3 miles of congestion on approach, causing residual delays of 20 minutes above usual journey times."

The incident follows a separate police matter on the QEII bridge on the same carriageway in Thurrock. The bridge at the Dartford Crossing was shut for some time due to concerns for the welfare of a man.

Sadly, the man was confirmed dead at the scene, police have said his next of kin have been informed. The road reopened a short while later before midday.