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Hunt for 'dark-coloured vehicle' after motorcyclist dies in M11 crash

The M11 Junction 8 at Birchanger Green. (6542924)
The M11 Junction 8 at Birchanger Green. (6542924)

A motorcyclist in his 60s has died following a crash on the M11 this morning (Wednesday, January 16) which has left the stretch of the motorway between Bishop's Stortford and Harlow until this afternoon.

A motorbike and a small dark-coloured car were involved in a collision on the southbound carriageway between junctions 8 and 7 at around 5am.

The biker died at the scene. The car driver failed to stop.

The motorway was closed in both directions – southbound between junctions 8 and 7 and northbound between junctions 6 (M25) and 8 – resulting in traffic gridlock on roads in and around Bishop's Stortford.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “We anticipate the road [M11] will remain closed into this afternoon and we're working with Highways England to reopen it as soon as possible.

“Diversions are in place and officers are working to turn around vehicles which are currently in the traffic. Please avoid the area and plan your journey.

“We need anyone who saw what happened to come forward. We particularly want to speak to someone who saw a small dark-coloured vehicle in the area or was overtaken by it.

“If you saw what happened, have dashcam footage of the incident or have any other information, please call us on 101 quoting incident 104 of January 16.”

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