Lorry driver faces drug-driving allegation after M11 crash leaves man fighting for life
A Romanian lorry driver has been accused of driving without due care and attention and driving while unfit through drugs following a crash on the M11 which left another lorry driver fighting for his life.
The early-morning collision on Friday (Jan 25) on the northbound carriageway near Stansted forced the closure of the motorway between junctions 7 (Harlow) and 8 (Bishop's Stortford / Stansted Airport) while Essex Police investigated.
Police received reports at around 5.20am that two lorries – a white Mercedes and a grey Volvo – had been in collision on the northbound carriageway.
The Volvo lorry, driven by a 45-year-old man from Romania, had stopped after it had been involved in a non-injury collision with a black Ford Galaxy car. While the lorry driver requested assistance, the Mercedes lorry hit the Volvo.
Police officers and paramedics arrived. The Mercedes lorry driver, a man in his 40s from Milton Keynes, was taken to hospital, where he remains in a life-threatening condition.
A spokesman for Essex Police said: “The Volvo lorry driver was arrested at the scene and following enquiries was later reported for driving without due care and attention and driving whilst unfit through drugs.”