- Lorry overturned on M11 between Stansted Airport and towards Newmarket
- Police shut both lanes on the northbound carriageway to recover the vehicle
- Driver, a 40-year-old man, was arrested ‘for blowing three times over the limit’
The driver of a lorry that overturned on a motorway has been arrested on suspicion of being more than three times of the alcohol limit.
The 40-ton vehicle overturned on the M11 northbound this morning, between junction 8 at Standsted Airport and junction 9 at the A11 exit, towards Newmarket.
Police shut both lanes on the M11 northbound so the five-axle lorry could be recovered from the road.
A diversion has been put along the A10 into Hertfordshire but Highways England do not expect normal traffic conditions to resume on the motorway until 5.45pm today.
Fire crews are pictured working to recover the lorry which overturned on the M11 earlier this morning
The 40-ton vehicle overturned on the M11 northbound this morning, between junction 8 at Standsted Airport and junction 9 at the A11 exit, towards Newmarket
Police are now appealing for any witnesses to the incident to get in touch or, if they have dash cam footage, submit it to help with enquries
The driver of the lorry has been arrested for blowing more than three times the legal drink drive limit
Essex Police tweeted: ‘A man in his 40s has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving following an incident on the northbound this morning.
‘He is in police custody pending further enquiries.
‘Please contact us on 101, if you have information which could help our enquiries, or dash cam footage.’
The force said aerial imagery of the lorry would also be provided by a police-owned drone.
Road policing sergeant Colin Shead added: ‘We are in the process of clearing trapped traffic.
‘Once complete the M11 will be closed for recovery and possible resurfacing due to a large amount of diesel.
‘The driver has been arrested for drink driving. He’s blown 121’.
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