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M11 collision near Bishop's Stortford: Man, 46, killed as vehicle transporter overturns

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Police are continuing to investigate a collision on the M11 near Bishop's Stortford in which a 46-year-old man died.

Emergency services were called shortly after 10.05am on Saturday (July 17) to the southbound carriageway between junction 9 for Newmarket and junction 8 for Stortford and Stansted Airport.

The driver of a small vehicle transporter, which was carrying a white van, became trapped when the transporter overturned. Paramedics tended to the motorist, from Southampton, but he died at the scene.

The northbound side of the M11 was reopened but southbound it was closed until around 6.40pm while forensic examination work was carried out and a diesel spill was cleared.

Police had nine miles of stationary traffic to turn around. Some motorists heading for Stansted Airport made their way on foot along the motorway with their luggage.

An Essex Police spokesperson said: "We appreciate it was very hot and many people were held up in traffic for several hours.

"We’d like to reiterate our thanks to everyone for their patience while we worked hard with our partners to turn around traffic as quickly and safely as possible.

"We are continuing to investigate the circumstances behind the collision and thank people who have already helped us with witness statements and footage.

"Anyone who has yet to speak to us but has any information or dashcam footage that could help with our enquiries is asked to contact the serious collision investigation unit on CollisionAppeal@essex.pnn.police.uk."

People can also speak to an online operator at https://www.essex.police.uk between 7am and 11pm or call 101. Please quote incident 816 of 17 July.

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