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M25 not expected to reopen till late tonight

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Earlier today a man was rushed to hospital by air ambulance after two lorries crashed between Junctions 8 and 9 clockwise on the M25.

The crash caused a huge fuel spillage which resulted in both directions of the M25 being closed.  The anti-clockwise direction was finally reopened.

Highways England don’t expect to be able to start opening lanes clockwise until late into the night as a full resurfacing of the road will have to be undertaken.

With the M25 closed long tailbacks down the M23 have meant drivers heading north have been stuck for over an hour trying to head towards London.

With the evening approaching there are few signs of the delays decreasing and whilst tailbacks did reach back to Jnc 9 they have only reduced by a couple of miles.

The A23 and the A22 have both been surprisingly less busy than expected due to the problems.

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Why was Crawley and Ifield Avenue closed last night?

Just before 8pm last night (13th Dec) drivers reported being diverted as they approached the roundabout.

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(Image: Google Street View)

At around 7:45 pm police closed Crawley Avenue and Ifield Avenue.

A man was seen threatening to jump from the road bridge.

Police and ambulances arrived on the scene and quickly secured the area by closing the roads and diverting traffic.  Many reported buses having to detour through Ifield.

The man was eventually detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

The road was reopened at 8pm.

The man has now been passed into the care of health professionals.

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