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UPDATE: Person dead and lorry drivers arrested as M25 pile-up closes carriageway

PUBLISHED: 15:54 02 April 2013 | UPDATED: 16:01 02 April 2013

The Dartford crossing

The Dartford crossing

Archant

A person has died at the scene of the M25 vehicle pile-up, with two lorry drivers arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Another two people have been airlifted to the Royal London Hospital after sustaining multiple injuries and are in a serious condition, according to Essex Police.

A spokesman said : “Road policing officers remain at the scene of a road crash on the M25 near Aveley which has now claimed the life of a motorist.

“Paramedics are treating a number of other people for less serious injuries.”

The multi-vehicle collision happened between junctions 29 and 30 at around 12.30pm. A section of the clockwise carriageway has been closed, with traffic being diverted off and back on to the motorway.

Firefighters cut three people from their vehicles after the incident, which involved three HGVs and five cars.

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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