M3 Closure J3-J2 Eastbound, Surrey. Tuesday 14 April 2015
The M3 in Surrey was closed Eastbound between Junction 3 and Junction 2 within a section of SMART Motorway due to an accident between a heavy goods vehicle and a van, resulting in 1 minor injury. A diesel spillage also occurred and required cleaning up.
At approximately 12:44 our Regional Control Centre for the South East was notified of an accident that had occurred on the M3 eastbound between J3 and J2 within a section of roadworks. The South East Control Room mobilised Traffic Officers to the scene. At the same time Surrey Police and Surrey Fire and Rescue Service were also mobilised. Upon arrival the emergency services were faced with an accident that had blocked the carriageway. At circa 13:39, a decision was made by Surrey Police, who took charge of the incident, to close the Motorway. Delays around this time had risen to around 60 minutes with traffic queuing back to J5. A diversion was instigated with traffic being advised to take the A30 (north) to J13 of the M25. Our Traffic Officers assisted Surrey Police in directing operations and releasing trapped traffic. This was acheived by opening lane 3 temporarily to allow the trapped traffic to pass the accident scene. Recovery operations commenced at 15:00 with the recovery of the Heavy Goods Vehicle the priority.
As a result of the collision a significant amount of diesel had been spilt which required cleaning up. We deployed a sweeper around 16:30 to prepare to treat around 400 to 500 litres of diesel on the road surface. An Air Ambulance had landed in an adjacent field and 1 casualty was treated by Paramedics, whose injuries were later ascertained to be minor. Our contractors on scene applied sand to the diesel spillage to make the road safe however the decision was made to keep lane 1 closed once all vehicles were recovered and to carry out road surface repairs later in the evening under a full closure of the carriageway (emergency repairs).
At approximately 17:50 all the trapped traffic had been released and lanes 2 and 3 were reopened leaving lane 1 closed for resurfacing to be carried out due to the deleterious effects the diesel had on the road surface. Delays by this time had subsided and were around 40 minutes. Recovery of the car was completed around 18:50 . Delays by now had cleared and traffic was flowing freely. Throughout the duration of this accident and recovery work we kept our customers updated via social media (Twitter) and Breaking News updates via the Highways England website.
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