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M25 traffic stretching to Swanley as pile-up closes clockwise carriageway

PUBLISHED: 15:15 02 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:15 02 April 2013

The Dartford crossing

The Dartford crossing

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A eight-vehicle pile-up involving three HGVs on the M25 has caused long delays for drivers travelling through Dartford.

The road is currently closed clockwise, travelling towards the QE2 bridge, between junctions 29 and 30 near Lakeside shopping centre, in Thurrock.

Firefighters have cut three people from their vehicles since the crash, which happened at around 12.30pm and involved three HGVs and five cars.

Air ambulances attended the scene after 999 calls, treating several casualties.

East of England Ambulance Service spokesman Gary Sanderson said: ““At present we have two ambulances, a duty officer, the Trusts hazardous area response team (HART), the Essex and Herts Air ambulance teams at the scene treating several casualties.

“Due to this, the Kent Air Ambulance has also been called upon to assist at the scene.

“Can I ask anyone thinking of travelling in this area to think about taking an alternative route as both carriageways have been closed.”

Essex Police remain at the scene and have warned drivers that the road may remain closed until at least 6.45pm as an investigation is carried out.

Traffic has already built up and is stretching back as far as junction two at the Swanley Interchange.

Did you see the incident, or are you stuck in the traffic? Let us know and send any pictures to joshua.fowler@archant.co.uk, or Tweet us @northkentnews.

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