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Motorists are being advised that the M25 A12 intersection is currently closed following a fatal road crash.
The collision happened on the southbound carriageway of the A12 Mountnessing just prior to the Brook Street M25 junction just shortly before 4pm on Tuesday, June 25 when the lorry overturned and caught fire.
The driver appears to have lost control of the vehicle and struck the central reservation. No other vehicle is involved. The male driver has been certified dead at the scene.
Fire crews from Grays, Brentwood and Ingatestone attended the scene and extinguished the flames by 4.30pm. The northbound carriageway was closed to allow the air ambulance to land but is now flowing freely, albeit slowly in the Brentwood area.
The southbound carriageway of the A12 from Junction 12 Mountnessing has been closed, with suitable diversions in place, and is expected to remain in place throughout the remainder of the rush hour and early part of the evening.
The closure will allow forensic collision investigators the opportunity to determine the cause of the crash as well as for specialist recovery of the fully-laden 44-tonne lorry which is laid on its side and across all lanes of the carriageway to be carried out safely.
There are long delays and police are advising drivers to avoid the area. A diversion is in operation, leaving the the A12 at J12, onto the A1023 through Brentwood and back on at J11 Brook Street roundabout.