Original article from Kent Live
Pictures have revealed the true extent of disruption on the M25 after a 'structural incident'.
The busy motorway has been shut in both directions after a two cars and a lorry were reportedly involved in the smash near the J2 Darenth Interchange.
A bridge has was inspected for damage – leading to more delays.
For many drivers this collision could not have come on a worse day as the mercury strikes 30C in Dartford.
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This has led many drivers stepping outside of their cars in a bid to get some relief from the stifling heat.
Dozens of people can be seen the hard shoulder stretching their legs and trying to find a bit of shade, as traffic is not expected to be moving again until 4.30pm today (July 18).
Kent Fire and Rescue Service has been at the scene following the incident, with a statement being released via Twitter by a spokesperson.
It reads: "Our firefighters are working hard with other emergency services in scorching heat to deal with an incident involving damage to a bridge on A282 Dartford M25.
"We know it's hot in your cars, but please stay patient while we make things safe. Thank you!"
Many disgruntled drivers have taken to Twitter this afternoon to share their disgust at the situation.
Kev Gower wrote: "Anyone else take the wrong turn on the M25 by the Dartford Crossing and then ended up in major incident traffic? No? Just me then.
Neil Rowe posted: "Best thing to do in 31C heat? Sit on the M25 for three hours."