Tributes to father who died in crash on the motorway
Family and friends have paid tribute to Ben Johnson who died in a crash on the M2 in Rochester.
The 44-year-old Gravesend man died after his black Citroen Berlingo left the carriageway, hit a wooden fence and overturned before catching fire. He was the only person in the vehicle.
All emergency services including the air ambulance were called.
Mr Johnson’s daughter Lauren Bonner, 24, paid tribute to her father.
She wrote: “RIP Daddy you left a hole in my life that will never be filled and my heart is broken I wish this was a bad dream and that soon I would wake up x I love your forever x x x”.
Antony Mellon, 37, who was Mr Johnson’s best friend, also paid tribute to the man he called his brother. He wrote: “Words cannot describe how much I love and miss you buddy you were my best friend my soulmate & brother, R.I.P Ben you will always be in my heart xxxx”.
Many have left messages online, with KentOnline user Karen Player saying: “God bless you Ben – condolences to your family – such a tragic accident x.”
An inquest is due to be opened.
The crash on Thursday caused closures on junctions one, two and three of the M2.
The motorway was closed coast-bound between junctions two for Rochester and West Malling and three for Chatham and Maidstone at around 9am.
Just before noon, the closure was extended back to junction 1 for Strood to allow investigation work to continue.
The road had reopened by 1.30pm.