Women fights for life after collision on Dartford Crossing

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1545 hrs

The RTC near Orsett Hall involves six vehicles. Road is closed. Man airlifted to hospital.

1530 hrs

Police statement

A woman suffered life-threatening injuries following a crash between a car and a lorry on the Dartford Crossing.

The casualty, in her 20s, was taken to a London hospital following the collision, which happened on the Kent side of the crossing at around 4.30am.

It led to the closure of the bridge, which did not reopen until around 1.40pm.

Police said the crash involved a silver Audi A1 and a commercial lorry.

A spokesman said: “Officers would like to hear from anyone who saw the lorry, which is a white in colour with red and blue writing on the side, and which was towing a drawbar trailer, in the moments before the collision.”

One man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and remains in custody.

Anyone with information can call Kent Police’ Serious Collision Investigating Unit on 01622 798538 or email sciu.td@kent.pnn.police.uk quoting reference number DJ/250/17.

1430 hrs

Although the collision on the #A282 at #Dartford crossing has been cleared and the #M25 queues are easing, still allow extra journey time.

1345 hrs

The A282 Dartford Crossing QE II bridge is experiencing long delays following a serious road traffic collision involving a HGV and a car earlier this morning. Kent Police had to carry out a full investigation which is now complete. All vehicles involved have been removed and the bridge is now fully open. Long delays remain but should they should ease shortly.

Road users may wish to consider alternative routes and are also advised to allow extra time for their journey.

1330 hrs

A128 (Brentwood Road) closed in both direction outside Orsett Hall due to four car collision.

From Highways Agency: Traffic stopped prior to east tunnel while we remove closures. Thanks for your patience.

A13 Thames Gateway remains closed e/bound btwn Ferry Ln & Wennington (serious collision). Qs now beyond the j/w Movers Lane (Barking).

1100 hrs

Drivers are advised that the A282 Dartford Crossing QEII Bridge is closed due to a serious road traffic collision.

Highways England traffic officers are working alongside Kent Police to clear the incident which happened just after 4am this morning.

Traffic is being diverted by using a contraflow through the Tunnels. Southbound traffic is being diverted through the East Tunnel and Northbound traffic will continue to use the West tunnel at the Dartford Crossing.

Although two lanes are open in each direction and a contraflow in operation through the tunnels delays in the area are severe and drivers are encouraged to check conditions before they set out and plan their journeys to avoid the area if possible.

The crossing is expected to remain closed throughout the morning. Highways England is working hard with the police to reopen the road as soon as is safe to do so; this will probably be into the afternoon.

Further information:

All trapped traffic was released by 8am. There is nobody stranded on the road.

Signs and signals have been set across the network to warn drivers on approach that there are delays ahead, and we are publishing updates on social media as well as continually providing information to traffic news providers.

This is a serious incident, and it’s important that the police have the time they need to complete a thorough investigation. We are standing by so we can fully reopen the road without any delay when the police have finished their important work.

For the latest information, drivers should stay tuned to local radio or follow us on Twitter at @HighwaysSEast

1030 hrs

All trapped traffic on QE2 Bridge has been freed but long delays continue on clockwise M25.
Diversion through Dartford tunnel.

0900 hrs

The QE2 Bridge remains closed due to an RTC between a car and a Lorry. Traffic is being diverted through the east tunnel. This means one tunnel is operating in each direction.

There are long delays on both approaches. There is queuing traffic on the M25 Anticlockwise from M25 J3.

There is queuing traffic on the M25 Clockwise from the M25 J28.

Please note the height restriction for the West Tunnel is 4.8m.

The closure is expected to stay in place until around midday.

0820 hrs

Ensign Buses: THURROCK ROUTES: We have extreme disruption due to QEII Bridge being closed until midday. Only Limited Services can operate as follows..

0750 hrs

Essex Police advise that the QE2 bridge will be closed until at least midday to allow for accident investigation work.

0730 hrs

The A282 Dartford Crossing QE II bridge is closed due to an incident on it involving a HGV and a car.

Emergency services are at the scene.

Traffic is being diverted around it by using a contra flow in the Tunnels. Southbound traffic will be diverted to use the East Tunnel and Northbound traffic will continue to use the west tunnel at the Dartford Crossing.

0700 hrs

QE2 Bridge is closed due to an accident. Queues are back to Jct 29 of M25.

Traffic being diverted through tunnel.

Westbound queues on A1306 Arterial Road West in Thurrock and on roads in Thurrock and around J30 and J31 of M25 due to QE2 bridge closure.

A13 is slow from Stanford-le-Hope, all the way through to A13.

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