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Witham bypass closed after cars collide with stray cows

The A12 Witham bypass is closed in both directions. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A major route in Essex is closed this morning (August 17) after vehicles crashed into cows that had strayed into the road.

The A12 Witham bypass is shut in both directions after collisions thought to involve cars, a van and the animals.

Essex Police say people have suffered "some minor injuries".

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The incident took place between junctions 21 and 22.

A diversion is in place through Witham town centre and the road is expected to be closed for the whole of rush hour.

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Major rail disruption after person hit by a train

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All rail lines into and out of London are blocked this morning after someone was hit by a train. It happened between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield.

Greater Anglia says all services running through these stations may be cancelled, delayed by up to 60 minutes or revised.

Disruption is expected until 11am.

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Passengers are being advised to check for updates online here.

Burst water main closes Caister Road in Yarmouth

A burst water main has closed a road in Great Yarmouth.

Motorists are being advised to avoid Caister Road. A section of the road, near to the Yarmouth Stadium, has been damaged.

The closure is likely to stay in place throughout this morning's rush hour.

Police, Fire and Anglian Water engineers have been at the scene overnight and motorists are being asked to avoid the area and find alternative routes while the road is repaired.

Severe delays on M1 in Hertfordshire after van overturns

Traffic is passing the scene using the hard shoulder. Credit: PA

There are severe delays on the M1 in Hertfordshire between Junction 9 (Harpenden) and J8 (Hemel Hempstead) after a van overturned on the southbound carriageway.

It happened around 3am this morning (20 July).

Four lanes have been closed as emergency services carry out investigation work.

Highways Agency say there is congestion to Dunstable (Junction 11).

Traffic is passing using the hard shoulder at this time, but there are delays of around 90 minutes.

The remainder of the carriageway is expected to remain closed until after this morning’s rush hour.

Drivers are advised to allow additional time for their journey and to consider alternative routes.

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