PICTURED: Overturned lorry closes three lanes of M25 between Swanley and Darenth.

News Shopper: Image by @HarryAmbrose from Twitter. Image by @HarryAmbrose from Twitter.

An overturned lorry has closed three lanes of the M25 between Swanley and Darenth.

There are delays of up to an hour following the crash at just after 11am on the anticlockwise carriageway between the Darenth Interchange at Junction 2 and the Swanley Interchange at Junction 3.

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Image by @kentpoliceroads on Twitter. 

The HGV with trailer carrying timber is currently resting against the central reservation, taking lanes two, three and four out of action.

The driver was taken to Darent Valley Hospital suffering from minor injuries.

Traffic is passing in the exit slip road only after queues approached Junction 4 at Orpington at their worst. 

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Tailbacks at Junction 3 (image by the Highways Agency).

Traffic officers began recovery efforts around half an hour ago and a Highways Agency spokesman said they were hoping to have the motorway fully open again before rush hour.

The incident comes the day after a lorry crash in the west bore tunnel of the Dartford Crossing caused 10-mile motorway tailbacks.

Were you caught up in the congestion today or in yesterday's traffic following the accident at the crossing? Call 01689 885702, e-mail tim.macfarlan@london.newsquest.co.uk or Tweet @NewsShopperTim

Check our traffic feed for the latest on the incident. 

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