Fatal collision closes M23 near Gatwick Airport

Police tape
Image caption The motorway is closed between junctions eight and nine

A man has died in a crash involving two vehicles which closed the M23 motorway near Gatwick Airport.

The southbound carriageway was closed between junctions eight for Redhill and nine for the airport at about midnight.

Surrey Police said the next of kin of the man, in his late-20s, have been informed. Officers are now appealing for witnesses.

The road was reopened at about 07:00 BST after police had carried out an investigation at the scene.

The driver of the second vehicle was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Motorists heading to Gatwick Airport were being warned to allow extra time for their journeys.

Earlier, Highways England reported motorists had been left trapped in queues of traffic, but it later tweeted vehicles were being "slowly" released.

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