Huge flames and black smoke bring traffic to standstill after lorry blaze on M25

Huge flames and black smoke have brought traffic to a standstill after a lorry blaze at junction 17 of the M25.

It is not immediately clear what caused the fire, which has caused major disruption.

Traffic is being diverted via the exit and entry slips following the accident on the anticlockwise side, in which a lorry left the carriageway and caught fire. The main carriageway has been closed due to the accident.

The sections of the roundabout directly beneath the motorway have been closed and some traffic remains trapped.

Highways England tweeted: "Traffic remains diverted up and over the M25 J17 Heronsgate A405 in both directions due to an HGV fire.

"We are working to get traffic within the closures cleared as soon as we can – please follow instruction from police."

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