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Police have now confirmed that a number of people have died in this evening’s collision on the M25.
Three people have been killed and a fourth person is in hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Officers are working to inform their loved ones.
The anti-clockwise carriageway remains closed between Junctions 27 and 26 whilst investigations continue and anyone with information or dash cam footage is being asked to come forward.
Investigators are particularly keen to trace the movements of a Mondeo, a minibus and a lorry leading up to the collision.
Detective Sergeant Steve Holmes, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, spoke from the scene to thank those who had assisted so far.
He said: “This evening has been incredibly challenging and we are continuing to work as quickly as we can to piece together exactly what led to this tragic incident.
“My thoughts, and those of all officers on scene are with the families of those who lost their lives this evening.
“At present, two drivers have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
“The road has remain closed whilst our colleagues tended to those who were injured and whilst we have gathered evidence and preserved the crime scene.
“I would like to thank everyone on the M25 for their patience – I know it’s been a long night, and our colleagues in Highways England are aiming to get you off of the motorway by 2am.
“Please make sure you get home safely and, if you have any information at all that can help us, don’t hesitate to report it.”
Anyone who witnessed the collision, has dash cam footage, or has information should submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.
You can also call 101 quoting incident 972 of Monday August 23.
Information can also be given to independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org