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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