Horror crash on M25 involving a lorry, a minibus and a police car leaves 3 dead

Three people have died and two drivers have been arrested following a serious collision on the M25 involving a lorry, a minibus and a car, police have said.

A fourth person is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after the crash, which took place near Waltham Abbey at around 6.15pm on Monday.

Essex Police said in a statement the collision occurred between junctions 27 and 26 of the anti-clockwise carriageway, with two drivers arrested on suspicion of causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving.

The M25 was closed for some 11 hours between those two junctions, before opening soon after 5am on Tuesday.

Officers said they were keen to trace the movements of all three vehicles – a Ford Mondeo, a minibus and a lorry – leading up to the collision.

Earlier, the ambulance service said “a number of people” were being treated following the crash between junctions 27 and 26 of the anti-clockwise carriageway.

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