Car Crash at Dartford Bridge

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A crash that has left two people in hospital has caused huge 90-minute tail backs and chaos on the M25 after the Dartford Crossing was closed

Motorists were hit with delays as queues stretched back as far as south east London following the crash at 2am. Pictured, traffic on the M25 this morning

Both carriageways were closed earlier this morning but all lanes have since reopened.

Vehicles are now moving again but normal traffic flow is not expected until at least 2pm.

Clockwise traffic is backed up eight miles, back to to junction 29, near Brentwood, Essex.

Anti-clockwise traffic is queueing seven miles, from Swanley, in Kent.

The Dartford Crossing is one of the busiest stretches of road in the country and tens of thousands of people are believed to have been affected by the chaos.

Many of those motorists are commuters, however the route is also used by people heading to France.

The Dartford Crossing is one of the busiest stretches of road in the country and tens of thousands of people are believed to have been affected. Pictured, traffic on the M25

An Essex Police spokesman said: 'A white BMW 118 hit the barrier on the QEII Bridge at about 2am this morning.

'The woman driver suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital. Her passenger was also injured and he too has been taken to hospital for treatment.'

'As a result, the Dartford tunnel is closed anticlockwise to allow traffic from Essex to travel into Kent. 'Please approach with caution and allow extra time for your journey.

'There is currently a height limit of 15ft 9in for traffic using the Dartford tunnel northbound which is continuing to use the west bore of the Dartford Tunnel. Northbound traffic under this height is unaffected.

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