Essex

M11 near Stansted reopens after chemical spill

  • 4 July 2014
  • From the section Essex
M11 accident
Image caption The lorry driver was not believed to be seriously injured, police said

The M11 motorway in Essex has fully reopened after a lorry overturned and spilled chemicals across both carriageways on Thursday evening.

The road was closed overnight between junction eight for Bishop's Stortford and junction seven for Harlow for a "complex" clean-up following the accident at 17:10 BST.

The lorry was recovered and the northbound side opened at 06:00 BST.

Essex Fire Service said the chemicals were not hazardous.

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Image caption The lorry was recovered and the northbound carriageway reopened at 06:00 BST on Friday
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Image caption The spilled chemicals were "low risk", the fire service said

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

Drains blocked-off

The chemicals were identified as melamine formaldehyde resin and phosphoric acid.

An Environment Agency spokesman said: "We were there in an advisory capacity. Chemicals were contained on site and drains blocked to ensure the material could not run off site.

"Chemicals were tankered away to be disposed of correctly. There is no evidence or reports of any environmental impact."

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Image caption Emergency services and the Highways Agency worked through the night to clear the northbound carriageway
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Image caption Two Environment Agency officers were flown to the scene by police helicopter

Essex Police said the lorry driver received cuts and bruises but was not believed to be seriously injured and was due to be interviewed later.

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