Police officers say that they were left “shocked and amazed” by motorists eager to film the aftermath of a car crash.
The collision happened when a silver VW Golf and a blue Vauxhall Zafira struck each other on the southbound carriageway of the M11 at 8.30am on Monday, near Loughton.
Paramedics and firefighters attended the scene, with only a few people sustaining minor injuries.
Police officers have said that people on both carriageways were almost stopping to get a glimpse of the scene.
Pc Paul Marks, who attended at the scene, said: “We were trying to get the cars out of the road and ensure the casualties were taken away safely.
“We were amazed to see people filming the scene on their mobiles while still driving.
“Slowing down to a crawling speed while others behind you are travelling at motorway speeds is obviously dangerous to those with common sense, but sadly not to a number of motorists who were more interested in capturing us at work on their mobiles.”
The officers managed to obtain the registration numbers of some of the passing motorists who were using their mobiles.
These drivers will be served with Notices of Intended Prosecution for using a mobile device while driving.