Essex villagers help give out water to stranded M11 drivers

People in an Essex village have been helping drivers who have been stuck on the M11 for hours following an awful fatal collision.

Emergency services were called shortly after 10.05 am (July 17) between junctions 8 (Bishop’s Stortford) and 9 (Newmarket) when a small vehicle transporter overturned and the driver became trapped.

Paramedics attended to the man but he sadly died at the scene.

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The southbound carriageway has been shut since then, with motorists being stuck on the roads for over seven hours with little food and water.

However, people in Henham, Essex, have been helping the motorists by collecting water and necessities and giving them to drivers and onlookers to distribute to others in need.

Drivers have been expressing their gratitude for Henham and their hospitality on Twitter as they wait for the traffic to clear.

Driver Shelly Chapman, 36, from Cambridge, was stuck in the traffic for five hours with her two daughters and their friend.

Shelly Chapman's daughters Megan and Evie helping to give out the water on the road to other motorists with their friend
Shelly Chapman’s daughters Megan and Evie helping to give out the water on the road to other motorists with their friend
(Image: Twitter:@Shelzby85)

She said: “We were just stood on a bridge and a lady who lived just up from the bridge called up to see if we needed anything, so my daughter climbed down the embankment and she gave us some water and snacks.

“Then another lady drove past (under the bridge) and stopped to say she’d put a shout out on the village Facebook page (Henham) and people had given her bottles of water including the village shop.

“So we used a bag tied to a rope to bring them up and then my daughters, Megan and Evie, and their friend walked up and down the M11 handing out the water to people who needed it.

“Everyone was very grateful and there were very grateful dog owners too!”

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