Families spend the night in Ikea after M25 crash left motorists stranded

Ikea offered more than 200 people beds in their store overnight after a crash on the M25 left motorists stranded.

There were huge tailbacks on Monday after two lorries crashed between junctions 30 and 31.

Many drivers were stuck in their cars for hours on end while those close enough to Ikea were offered a bed for the night.

One of the lorries involved in the collision overturned and ended up down an embankment.

The collision happened at around 2.35pm on Tuesday near the Dartford Crossing.

It’s thought no one was seriously injured in the crash but the motorway was closed overnight and did not reopen until 5.45am this morning.

On man named Fergal Parkinson praised the Ikea Thurrock store for allowing his wife and daughter stay in the store ovrenight.

He told the BBC that around 200 people were offered beds for the night.

He captioned th snap of them cuddled up in a picture perfect Ikea bedroom and wrote: "Good on @ IKEAUK letting people, including my wife and daughter, stay in their bedrooms overnight after the M25 accident."

Another stranded passenger named Natasha shared a snap of her other half face down in an Ikea bed and wrote: "Glad to finally have our room. @IKEAUK".

She later added that they were stuck in the store until 9.30pm before they were able to get back on the road.

A man named Darren recounted his experience being stuck int he traffic jam and revealed he was stranded for six hours.

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A woman named Esther shared some pictures of her daughter’s artwork which kept them entertained as they were stranded inside the giant store.

She wrote: "My daughter & I are trapped in ikea due to crash on M25…5hrs +counting ..colouring in is saving our sanity..just…thank god for felt tips, rainbows and unicorns ..I can never face a meatball again…"

Highways England said there are still some delays on the M25 clockwise approaching junction 30 after the road reopened this morning.

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