Speedboat crash causes chaos on M25

12-mile tailbacks as boat slips off trailer and crashes into lorry

Speedboat crash causes chaos on M25

Commuters faced 12-mile tailbacks on Thursday morning after a speedboat fell off its trailer and clipped a lorry.

The incident occurred at 3.30am at junction 8, where the entry slip road and one lane of the carriageway was shut until 7.45am when the boat was recovered.

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Images of the scene were quickly uploaded to Twitter.

According to Get Surrey, one user joked: "Has Noah finally sent his arc after the rain."

Speaking to the Evening Standard, a spokesman for Highways Agency England confirmed the incident, and said it attended the scene along with officers from Surrey Police.

The spokesman said: "There was an incident on the M25 near junction 8 which occurred at 3.15am and it involved a collision between two vehicles, one of which was a HGV that was carrying a large boat.

"The collision meant that the boat came free and skidded into the lane into the path of a lorry. The incident was cleared by 8am - it took some time to clear up the debris."

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