People stuck in traffic behind a crash on the M11 have begun abandoning their cars and walking to Stansted Airport.
Pictures capture the remarkable sight of travellers piling out of their vehicles and walking down the motorway with their suitcases.
Passengers with flights to catch resorted to desperate measures after a reported overturned lorry closed the stretch of road on Saturday.
Traffic came to a standstill as emergency vehicles rush to the site of the incident, which took place between Junctions 8 and 9 of the motorway at Essex, Cambridgeshire Live reports.
Footage of the traffic jam captures people emerging from their gridlocked cars to walk down the carriageway – taking their suitcases with them.
Stansted Airport is just off the M11’s Junction 8 and some people clearly thought that they had a better chance of making their flights on time if they completed their journey on foot.
With traffic not moving, other drivers and passengers vacated their cars, and were shown leaning on the motorway divider and walking around.
Emergency services rushed to the scene of the incident, described as a collision by police, this morning, which reportedly saw an overturned lorry block the road.
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Officers from Essex and Cambridgeshire Police attended the scene, while fire engines and ambulances were also seen rushing towards the the site of the incident.
The road was closed southbound from Junction 10 at Duxford, causing significant delays.
Drivers were asked to avoid the area and use other routes as emergency services dealt with the incident.
However, Essex Travel News reported that a diversion has been put in place at Junction 10, which allows drivers to meet back up with the M11 at Junction 7.
Essex Police tweeted that they were bringing bottled water to those trapped in the gridlock in the blazing afternoon sun.
Temperatures in the area were forecast to reach a sweltering 26C today.