Two lanes to re-open on M25 after serious crash

Cars queuing on the M25 with the anti-clockwise lanes empty
Congestion is being reported on the M25 back to junction seven for the M23 [National Highways]

Two lanes out of four on the M25 between Surrey and Kent are due to re-open shortly, Surrey Police has said.

A 9.4 mile (15km) stretch of the motorway has been fully closed since 06:00 BST due to a "serious" crash involving a Vauxhall Astra.

Surrey Police are appealing for witnesses after a car left the motorway and travelled down the embankment before coming to a stop on Water Lane, which runs under the motorway.

At 09:45, a force spokesperson said the carriageway was likely to remain closed for "several hours". Delays of up to 90 minutes are being reported.

The driver received medical treatment, police said, with no other injured parties reported.

South East Coast Ambulance Service confirmed crews attended and one person was treated at the scene before being taken to St George's Hospital in London.

The closure is in place on the anti-clockwise carriageway between junctions six for Godstone and five for the A21/M26 link.

Water Lane is also closed northbound after the junction with Park Road.

Traffic data firm Inrix warned of "severe delays" as accident investigation work was carried out.

During the closure, Inrix said there was congestion on the anti-clockwise carriageway back to junction seven for the M23 and queueing for three miles clockwise past the Clacket Lane services due to onlookers.

Google street view image showing Water Lane
Water Lane runs underneath the M25 [Google]

A diversion is in place, with drivers told to exit the M25 at junction six and take the A22 towards East Grinstead.

Congestion was also reported on the diversion route on the A25, which runs parallel to the motorway through Limpsfield, Oxted and Sundridge.

Surrey Police said: "These closures are likely to remain in place for several hours while we gather the evidence required for our investigation into the collision.

"We appreciate that this will unavoidably cause disruption for motorists and apologise for the inconvenience.

"Officers are working hard to get the lanes reopened as soon as possible."

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