Cars crash on M3 after coach leaks diesel for three junctions

Motorway closed for "extensive clean-up operation" over 20-mile stretch

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Several cars have skidded and crashed on the M3 after a coach leaked diesel for THREE junctions this evening.

The M3 motorway is closed tonight between Junction 7 (Basingstoke) and Junction 4 (Farnborough) after a series of crashes.

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The incident is thought to have begun when a coach apparently leaked diesel along the carriageway.

It is believed to have started leaking around junction 7 and the problem wasn't realised until the coach reached Fleet Services.

The spillage caused several accidents as vehicles skidded in the diesel, , Eagle Radio in Surrey and Hampshire reports.

Highways England described the spillage as 'substantial' and says it is currently in the process of an 'extensive clean-up operation'.

There is a large amount of congestion in the area.

Highways England is advising drivers to avoid the area and seek alternative routes - some of whom will be returning from holidays in the south west back to London.

There is no information as to when the road will reopen - or how bad the crashes were at this stage.

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