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Lorry driver arrested and three badly injured in two crashes on southbound M11

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A lorry driver is in police custody after a five-vehicle collision on the M11 near Bishop's Stortford on Wednesday night (Feb 13) left another motorist with potentially life-changing injuries.

The incident happened on the southbound carriageway between junctions 8 (Stortford and Stansted Airport) and 7 (Harlow) at around 9.50pm.

That stretch of the M11 was closed for 13 hours through the night and into the morning rush hour while Essex Police officers carried out their investigations.

The five vehicles involved included two lorries and a car. The driver of the car has been treated for potentially life-changing injuries.

A lorry driver, a 45-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. He is currently in custody.

Two ambulance crews, two rapid response vehicles, an ambulance officer and a Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) from the East of England Ambulance Service, and a medical response car from MAGPAS, attended. One patient was taken by ambulance to hospital for further treatment.

Four Essex County Fire and Rescue Services (ECFRS) – from Stansted, Dunmow, Newport and Harlow – were sent to the scene. Firefighters released a man trapped in his vehicle by 10.30pm and left him in the care of the ambulance service.

The collision happened two-and-a-half hours after another serious incident on the southbound M11 in which a silver Peugeot 206 left the motorway and hit a tree between junctions 7 (Harlow) and 6 (M25) at around 7.20pm.

The driver, an 18-year-old man, suffered life-threatening injuries and a male passenger, also 18, is being treated for life-changing injuries. Three others have been treated for injuries which are not as serious.

An East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust spokesperson said: “Four ambulances, two HART teams, two response vehicles, a medical response car from MAGPAS and a leading operations manager attended another road traffic accident on the M11 between junctions 6 and 7. The East Anglian Air Ambulance also attended. Five people were treated on the scene and taken by road to two hospitals for further treatment.”

Again, four ECFRS crews – two from Harlow and one each from Epping and Loughton – attended. Firefighters released the trapped driver by 8.30pm and he was left in the care of the ambulance service.

The motorway was shut in both directions for several hours as a result.

Officers with Essex Police need to speak to anyone who saw either incident or who has dashcam footage of them. Call 101 and, for the five-vehicle collision, quote incident 1237 of February 13 and, for the earlier crash, quote incident 1039 of February 13.

You can also email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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