Kent Fire and Rescue says M25 will be closed while emergency services move smoldering lorry

Fire crews say work is ongoing to fully extinguish 11 tonnes of smoldering waste inside a lorry that burst into flames on the M25. The fire service was sent to the anticlockwise stretch of the motorway, between junctions 4 and 5, at around 9.10am today (September 3). Traffic has been building in the area, with queues backing up for miles after police halted drivers.

Highways England and officers have warned of substantial delays, with an estimated time of 12.15pm for normal traffic to resume. Live M25 traffic updates as lorry fire near Orpington causes huge delays for drivers   And now the fire service has said it is working “as quickly as possible” to move the fire stricken truck from the carriageway.

The statement said: “Two fire engines and a bulk water carrier are at the scene. “While the fire has been dampened down, in order to fully extinguish the 11 tonnes of smoldering waste inside, and to get traffic moving again as quickly as possible, the lorry will be moved with a police, fire and Highways England escort to a nearby depot. “This means the clockwise carriageway, between junctions 4 and 5, will be closed for a short time to allow the lorry to be moved.

“Once at the depot, firefighters will work to dampen down the tightly packed waste.”

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