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Van driven wrong way for 50 miles along a motorway

A van stolen from a quiet residential street in Essex was driven for nearly 50 miles the wrong way along a motorway. The white transit van was taken from Stock Road in Billericay in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Stock Road in Billiericay Credit: Google Street View

The van was driven to Harlow where it joined the M11 heading south, getting as far as Cambridgeshire. 19-year-old Ryan Nee from Romford, has been charged with burglary and theft, taking a motor vehicle without consent, dangerous driving, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.

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Two people killed in a motorway pile-up in Essex

Police say two people have been killed following the crash on the M11 motorway in Essex. The accident involved three cars, a lorry and a horse box shortly before 2.15pm. A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Two people in a car have died and the driver and passenger in another car have been taken to hospital in Cambridgeshire.

A woman has serious internal injuries and was flown by air ambulance and a man was taken by ambulance with a head injury.

The carriageway is completely blocked and is impassable. The road will remain closed throughout the afternoon and into the evening. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and find alternate routes.

– Essex Police

Three people cut out of cars at scene of M11 crash

  • Firefighters put out a car on fire at the crash scene near Sheering, north east of Harlow
  • Three people were cut out of cars at the scene of the crash by firefighters

The motorway will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so but the closure is expected to last for several hours, through the evening rush hour and into this evening. Current delays are at least 30 minutes.

Drivers, and in particular those wishing to travel to Stansted Airport are advised to plan their journeys and allow extra time to travel.

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Air ambulance sent to scene of M11 crash in Essex

We have sent two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, our hazardous area response team and Hertfordshire Air Ambulance to the scene of a several vehicle collision between junctions nine and eight of the M11 northbound.

Police have closed the motorway in order to allow the air ambulance to land.

– East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust
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