Three dead and another fighting for their life after horror pile-up on M25

Three people have been killed and a fourth person remains in hospital fighting for their life following a horrific crash on the M25.

The tragic collision forced the M25 to close in both directions on Monday evening in Waltham Abbey, between junctions 27 and 26.

Three cars were part of the pile-up, including a car, minibus and a lorry, according to police.

Officers confirmed that they were called the emergency situation before 6.15pm and have told motorists they are particularly keen to trace the movements of all three vehicles – a Mondeo, a minibus and a lorry – leading up to the crash.

Detective Sergeant Steve Holmes, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, advised that "two drivers have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving".

Essex Police added the motorway will be closed anti-clockwise overnight while investigations are carried out.

It's believed drivers stuck in the queues were released by traffic officers in the middle of the night, around 2am.

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DS Holmes spoke from the scene of the crash and said: "This evening has been incredibly challenging and we are continuing to work as quickly as we can to piece together exactly what led to this tragic incident.

“My thoughts, and those of all officers on scene are with the families of those who lost their lives this evening."

Driver Parv Domah was among those caught up in the M25 traffic tailbacks near junction 26 last night and told EssexLive: “I can’t tell you exactly what happened, I can only say I’ve been here going on three hours.

“There were approximately 30 emergency vehicles that drove past in that time, as well as two air ambulances.

“Traffic was stopped on both sides of the carriageway at one point and now on the anti-clockwise is still shut.”

Police are working to inform loved ones of those killed and asked out of respect for the families that there is no speculation in the meantime.

DS Holmes appealed for the public's help adding: "I need anyone with further information to come forward.

“The road has remained closed whilst our colleagues tended to those who were injured and whilst we have gathered evidence and preserved the scene."

Anyone who witnessed the collision, has dashcam footage, or has information on it should submit a report online at Essex Police or use the 'Live Chat' button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.

Witnesses can also call us on 101 and cite incident 972 of Monday 23 August.

Information can also be given to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit the website.

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