Police have warned motorists to remain inside their automobiles on the Essex highway whereas they cope with the scenario.
The highway is because of be closed for fairly a while and site visitors has constructed as much as a 4 mile queue up to now on the method to the incident.
Nationwide Highways East reported the hearth and oil spill simply after 8pm and introduced the closure between Junction 7 and Junction 6 on the southbound carriage.
Nationwide Highways East tweeted at 8:22: “The M11 in Essex is closed southbound between J7-J6 following a HGV hearth and oil spillage.
“Essex Fireplace Service and Visitors Officers are on the location.
“There are 4 miles of congestion on method. The carriageway is more likely to stay closed for quite a lot of hours.”
Motorists travelling southbound have been suggested to observe the diversion route marked by a stable circle image on the highway indicators.
The diversion sends motorists off the M11 at Junction 7 to the Hastingwood interchange.
They’re then instructed to take the second exit onto the A414 and proceed for 10.5 miles to the A10 interchange the place they then take the primary exit to the A10 southbound.
The diversion sends automobiles to the M25 interchange to affix anti-clockwise at junction 25 to the junction 27 and M11 interchange to re-join the M11 junction six southbound.
The Nationwide Highways launched an announcement on its web site saying: “The M11 in Essex is closed southbound from J7 – J6, close to Epping, following a HGV hearth and oil spillage.
“The HGV has spilt its load of oil throughout all lanes. Essex County Fireplace and Rescue service on the location together with Nationwide Freeway Visitors Officers who’re aiding with site visitors administration.
“The highway is predicted to be closed for quite a lot of hours while the hearth service cope with the blaze and contractors clear the spillage from the carriageway and assess the highway floor for any harm.”
Any motorists caught between the 2 affected junctions are being circled by the police and site visitors officers.
An replace from Inrix mentioned: “Police have requested that individuals stay of their automobiles to help them as they cope with the incident.”
In the meantime Essex Fireplace Service added one other assertion which mentioned that the hearth brigade had been known as to the lorry hearth at 7:38pm.
It added: “On arrival, crews reported that the entrance of the lorry was on hearth and closely smoke logged.
“Crews labored to forestall the hearth from spreading to the container and extinguished the hearth by 8:19pm.
“Through the incident, a considerable amount of gas spilled onto the highway. The M11 Southbound between Junctions 7-6 will probably be closed for a number of hours whereas the spillage is cleared.
“Please keep away from the realm.”
Based on Visitors England, the incident is predicted to be clear and site visitors circumstances to return to regular between 02:45 and 03:00.
Visitors is being launched on the M11 alongside the arduous shoulder previous the incident after the car restoration has been accomplished.
Nevertheless, the highway stays closed as emergency re-surfacing works happen.
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