LiveM23 collision: Motorway reopens but heavy delays remain hours after major incident near Gatwick Airport

A major crash brought traffic to a standstill on the M23 today (Saturday, March 26).

Three lanes were closed after a multi-vehicle collision, involving police cars. The M23 was closed northbound from Junction 10 A264 Copthorne Way (Crawley) to M25 interchange.

The incident was first reported around 11.45am, with traffic said to be at a standstill and multiple police officers at the scene.

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Recap the live updates as they happened here:

Sussex Police has officers at the scene. Photo: Tasha Cane
Three lanes were closed after the incident on the M23. Photo: Tasha Cane

M23 collision: Live updates as major incident brings traffic to a standstill near Gatwick Airport

Last updated: Saturday, 26 March, 2022, 18:54

All lanes have reopened

But long residual delays remain.

A road closure remains in place after the collision on the M23. Severe delays of 86 minutes are increasing on M23 northbound this evening.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or has dashcam footage is asked to email [email protected] or call 101 quoting serial number 223 of 26/03.

PICTURES: M23 remains closed hours after police chase ended in multi-vehicle collision

At least three people, including two police officers, have been hurt after a multi-vehicle collision on the M23 near Gatwick.

Video from the scene

M23 incident: Police officers injured in multi-vehicle collision after pursuit with speeding car - video Dailymotion

At least three people, including two police officers, have been hurt after a multi-vehicle collision on the M23 near Gatwick. All three lanes near to junction nine of the northbound side of the motorway, near Gatwick Airport, have been closed for hours after the collision.

When will the road reopen?

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At least three people, including two police officers, have been hurt after a multi-vehicle collision on the M23 near Gatwick.

Sussex Police statement

Sussex Police has released a statement about the major incident on the M23.

“Just after 11:05am on Saturday (March 26) police responded to an Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) hit northbound on the A23 in Patcham.

“Officers pursued the vehicle, a black Audi, which was travelling at an excessive speed. Five vehicles collided on the motorway [M23], including two Police vehicles.

“All three lanes near to junction nine of the northbound side are closed and it is not yet clear when the road will fully reopen. So far there are three people, including two police officers, who have sustained injuries.

“A 23-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.”

Stalled truck adds to delays

Additional heavy traffic has been reported at Burstow due to stalled truck on M23 southbound from Junction 8 M25 J7 to J9 (Gatwick Airport). Lanes one and two (of four) are closed.

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