The M11 is currently closed due to a lorry fire near Stansted Airport, which has prompted an emergency response.
The M11 is closed after a massive lorry fire near Stansted Airport caused a traffic jam.
“M11 closed J10 to 8 Southbound for a Lorry #Fire, this will also effect the J9 access slip from the #A11, Northbound also closed J8/9,” Highways England stated. Please stay away from the area as it will be closed for some time. #StanstedAirPort #Stansted #StompsCross.” #StanstedAirPort #Stansted #StompsCross.” According to reports, the fire was started by exploding aerosol cans.
Essex Police are on the area and have advised motorists to take a another route.
“We are now on the scene of a vehicle fire on the #M11,” they tweeted.
“Officers will close both carriageways of the M11 between Junctions 8 and 9, as well as the on-slip for the #A11.”
“If at all possible, please take a different route.”
Essex Fire Station Manager Dave Bond told Essex Live that the fire is now under control, but that the road will be closed until the evening to collect the debris.
“The articulated vehicle was carrying aerosol cans, which burst and scattered across both sides of the carriageway,” he told the publication. Fortunately, the driver was not seriously injured.
“I have to commend the crews for their tireless efforts in establishing a water supply in such a remote place and immediately bringing the problem under control.
“Unfortunately, due to the intensity of the fire, the route will be closed for some time.”
The lorry fire resulted in a 40-mile detour, with road closures expected to continue several hours.
Highways England advised southbound cars to follow the following guidelines:
A 30-mile alternative route is also being used to redirect northbound traffic: