M11 warning after multi-vehicle smash - closure at Harlow junction

M11 warning after multi-vehicle smash - closure at Harlow junction

M11 warning after multi-vehicle smash - closure at Harlow junction

First published in Local News

Drivers are advised that there are severe delays on the southbound M11 in Essex following a multi-vehicle collision that has resulted in a closure at junction 7 near Harlow.

Emergency services are currently on scene dealing with the collision which happened just after 4pm with current delays of around 60 minutes being reported.

It is likely the closure will remain in place well into the rush hour traffic.

A Highways Agency spokesman said: "We will fully reopen the motorway as soon as it is safe to do so."

Traffic is being diverted using the A414 towards Chelmsford and the A12 south to the M25 junction 28.

 

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5:38pm Thu 10 Jul 14

/@|_|@\ says...

I find the number of road closures (as opposed to lane closures) to be ridiculous. I've lived in many places including Germany with many 200+ kph crashes and more often than not, one or two lanes are closed -- but not the entire road. Additionally, the police and other highways authorities seem overly meticulous when even a minot accident (like some cooking oil spilt in one lane necessitating the full closure of the motorway for hours on end!). Why is it that no one else sees this as a problem with an answer -- one that has been discovered by many other agencies abroad?

Maybe it's because although the Brits think they drive on the correct side of the road, majority of people elsewhere drive on the right side of the road and, therefore, being right they know better.

Nah ... OK. That was as stretch.
I find the number of road closures (as opposed to lane closures) to be ridiculous. I've lived in many places including Germany with many 200+ kph crashes and more often than not, one or two lanes are closed -- but not the entire road. Additionally, the police and other highways authorities seem overly meticulous when even a minot accident (like some cooking oil spilt in one lane necessitating the full closure of the motorway for hours on end!). Why is it that no one else sees this as a problem with an answer -- one that has been discovered by many other agencies abroad? Maybe it's because although the Brits think they drive on the correct side of the road, majority of people elsewhere drive on the right side of the road and, therefore, being right they know better. Nah ... OK. That was as stretch. /@|_|@\
  • Score: -7

5:43pm Thu 10 Jul 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Oh, and of course, I don't know in this case whether or not the entire carriageway was blocked which would have somewhat of a significant impact on the issue. Nevertheless, in general, I question the practice - much like the apparent necessity of removing a roof from a car - seemingly regardless of the need.
Oh, and of course, I don't know in this case whether or not the entire carriageway was blocked which would have somewhat of a significant impact on the issue. Nevertheless, in general, I question the practice - much like the apparent necessity of removing a roof from a car - seemingly regardless of the need. /@|_|@\
  • Score: -6

6:21pm Thu 10 Jul 14

johno_999 says...

To the above comment. If only you knew the real reason why it is closed. It has been closed for an investigation as it is a serious RTC roads don't get closed for the fun of it.
To the above comment. If only you knew the real reason why it is closed. It has been closed for an investigation as it is a serious RTC roads don't get closed for the fun of it. johno_999
  • Score: 5

6:27pm Thu 10 Jul 14

/@|_|@\ says...

Thanks - I didn't really think they closed them for the fun of it: I think they are OTT in a lot of cases though and close it with ultraconservative precaution when it may not be necessary.
Thanks - I didn't really think they closed them for the fun of it: I think they are OTT in a lot of cases though and close it with ultraconservative precaution when it may not be necessary. /@|_|@\
  • Score: -4

7:32pm Thu 10 Jul 14

pierre-pierre says...

one dead - a passenger in car
one dead - a passenger in car pierre-pierre
  • Score: 1

7:34pm Thu 10 Jul 14

pierre-pierre says...

from BBC news item

The M11 southbound in Essex has been closed after a 79-year-old woman died in an crash near Epping.

A lorry and a car were involved in a collision at about 15:30 BST, Essex Police said.

The southbound carriageway is closed between junctions 7 and 6, while the northbound carriageway was closed briefly so the air ambulance could land.

Police advised drivers to avoid the area and find alternative routes.

The dead woman was a passenger in the car, while a man and a woman in the vehicle were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

The southbound carriageway was expected to remain closed until about 22:15, the Highways Agency said.
from BBC news item The M11 southbound in Essex has been closed after a 79-year-old woman died in an crash near Epping. A lorry and a car were involved in a collision at about 15:30 BST, Essex Police said. The southbound carriageway is closed between junctions 7 and 6, while the northbound carriageway was closed briefly so the air ambulance could land. Police advised drivers to avoid the area and find alternative routes. The dead woman was a passenger in the car, while a man and a woman in the vehicle were taken to hospital with serious injuries. The southbound carriageway was expected to remain closed until about 22:15, the Highways Agency said. pierre-pierre
  • Score: -1

11:18pm Thu 10 Jul 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

The following is an extract from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary British Transport Police Inspection Findings dated February 2011.

‘The way British Transport police assesses fatalities (on the Railways) is considered to be good practice and the system in place has the potential to be transferable for use with some fatalities and serious road collisions that take place on roads critical to the transport infrastructure’¬.


One of the report’s formal recommendations was that British Transport Police should share their good practice in managing fatalities and delay on the railways with the Association of Chief Police Officers to enable other forces to identify if there are more effective ways of managing delay caused by Road Traffic Collisions on major road networks.

In light of the above I am tempted to question whether the full potential value of that recommendation has ever been achieved.
The following is an extract from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary British Transport Police Inspection Findings dated February 2011. ‘The way British Transport police assesses fatalities (on the Railways) is considered to be good practice and the system in place has the potential to be transferable for use with some fatalities and serious road collisions that take place on roads critical to the transport infrastructure’¬. One of the report’s formal recommendations was that British Transport Police should share their good practice in managing fatalities and delay on the railways with the Association of Chief Police Officers to enable other forces to identify if there are more effective ways of managing delay caused by Road Traffic Collisions on major road networks. In light of the above I am tempted to question whether the full potential value of that recommendation has ever been achieved. OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 2

7:51pm Fri 11 Jul 14

/@|_|@\ says...

I'm with you on that.
I'm with you on that. /@|_|@\
  • Score: 2

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