Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Motorway Closed After Crash Involving Two Lorries Caused Six-Mile Queues

One HGV shed its load of concrete blocks on impact, with a huge clean-up operation causing major disruption for hours.

By Victoria Chessum, Assistant News Editor, Max Parry, News Reporter

A major lorry crash has sparked huge delays on the M23 in West Sussex (Image: National Highways)

A huge multi-vehicle crash has caused chaos on a major motorway this afternoon. The A23 in West Sussex has been closed in both directions between the M23 and B2114 at Handcross due to the collision which involves two lorries.

National Highways says one of the HGVs was carrying concrete blocks which have spilled onto the carriageway, with a major operation underway to clear debris from the road.

A spokesman said: “There is substantial clear up work required for both debris and a spillage which is currently underway. Emergency services are on scene. National Highways service providers are in attendance to assist with traffic management.”

Live traffic maps suggest queues won’t ease until at least 7.15pm – with drivers urged to avoid the area and re-plan their routes.

THIS LIVE BLOG IS NOW CLOSED.

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A-road not expected to be open until gone 10pm

National Highways’ live traffic tracker says that the stretch of the A23 leading towards the M23 won’t reopen until between 10:15 and 10:30 tonight.

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National Highways reveals ‘substantial clear up’ underway

According to National Highways: “The A23 in West Sussex is closed in both directions between the M23 and B2114 (near Handcross) due to a multi vehicle collision involving two lorries.

“One of the lorries was carrying concrete blocks which have spilled onto the carriageway.

“There is substantial clear up work required for both debris and a spillage which is currently underway.

“Emergency services are on scene. National Highways service providers are in attendance to assist with traffic management.”

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Normal traffic conditions not expected for more than two hours

National Highways live traffic tracker says “normal traffic conditions” are not expected until between 19:15 and 19:30 in the affected area.

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Where is the incident taking place

As the map below shows, the incident is taking place right by London Gatwick Airport.

According to National Highways, the issue has occurred around Junction 10 and 11 of the M23.

The incident has taken place around J10 and 11 near Gatwick airport (Image: National Highways)

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Welcome to our live coverage

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this ongoing incident on the M23.

Stay tuned for updates.

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