Essex

M11 at Epping closed after cooking oil spill

  • 28 September 2013
  • From the section Essex
southbound M11
Image caption Some of the drivers on the M11 have been stuck on the southbound stretch for more than three hours

A cooking oil spill during a crash on the M11 in Essex forced the closure of the southbound section of the motorway.

A Range Rover with a trailer attached overturned close to the junction with the M25 at Epping, at about 11:20 BST on Friday.

About 43 gallons (200 litres) of cooking oil from the 130-gallon (600 litre) capacity trailer spilled out on to the carriageway.

The southbound carriageway reopened just after midnight.

Highways Agency teams spent several hours cleaning oil from both carriageways.

Essex Fire Service said about 60 litres had entered a water course via a drain, so officers blocked drains in the area until the oil was cleared up.

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