Young woman flown to hospital after serious accident on M11 between Bishop's Stortford and Harlow
A woman in her 20s was flown to hospital by air ambulance following a serious collision on the M11 which has left motorists stranded for six hours.
The accident happened at about 5.30pm on the southbound carriageway near the Church Langley water tower, a mile from the junction 7 exit for Harlow.
Essex Police and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) said that two cars – one silver, the other blue – were involved.
A woman trapped in the wreckage of one of the vehicles was freed by 6.12pm and left in the care of the ambulance service. An air ambulance landed on the southbound carriageway and flew her to hospital.
All three emergency services attended the scene, including four ECFRS crews from Stansted, Newport, Harlow and Braintree. Firefighters stabilised the trapped woman's vehicle before releasing her.
The southbound M11 was closed at junction 8 (Bishop's Stortford and Stansted Airport) leaving at least nine miles of queuing traffic trapped.
The northbound motorway was shut at J7 and part of the central reservation was removed to enable southbound motorists to be turned around and head back north to J8.
Essex Police said: "The road is... under the supervision of our officers, queuing traffic is being turned around on the motorway.
"Please do not attempt to turn around on the road, unless directed to by officers, and keep off the hard shoulder to allow access for emergency services."
The force has appealed for anyone with information about the incident, particularly those with dashcam footage, to call its serious collision investigation unit on 101, quoting incident 895 of 15 August, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.