Drivers on Britain's busiest motorway endured long delays today after a section of the road was shut following a two-lorry fatal accident.
The M25 between junctions 27 and 28 in Essex was closed after a lorry carrying vodka collided with another lorry and caught fire.
The driver of the vodka lorry, who was in his 50s, was killed in the accident which happened half a mile west of junction 28 at Noak Hill at 1am.
The driver of the second vehicle suffered minor injuries.
Later, the anti-clockwise carriageway between the two junctions reopened, but the clockwise carriageway was expected to be closed for most of the morning.
To add to the disruption, the links to the M25 from junction 6 on the M11 were closed in both directions, with diversions in place.
Traffic information company Inrix said the accident led to delays on the M11, the A12 and the A406 North Circular.
The worst of the hold-ups were on the M11 and drivers were being advised to leave an hour extra for their journeys.