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.
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.
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.
– Essex Police
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.
- 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.
- Emergency services say there are "multiple casualties"
- The M11 is closed northbound from junction 7 to junction 8
- The crash involved three cars, a lorry and a horsebox
- Five fire crews have been sent to the scene
UPDATE - M11 Southbound has reopened J8 A120 to J7 Harlow. Traffic remains slow and Northbound will stay closed for several hours.
Avoid the m11 northbound near stansted very serious accident not moved for nearly 2 hours http://t.co/4GfxBWKX4z
– East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust
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.