M20 crashes bring traffic to standstill
ACCIDENT PRONE: Emergency services tackle series of incidents
MOTORISTS were hit by traffic chaos on Wednesday morning after a series of accidents brought the M20 to a standstill.
Two accidents happened on the London-bound carriageway during the morning rush-hour, both within approximately one mile of the Ashford exit at Junction 9.
An earlier fatal crash between Junctions 4 and 3 near Aylesford had already resulted in the motorway being closed.
The first of the two crashes in the Ashford area took place at approximately 8.30am when a lorry was involved in a collision with a car.
The lorry overturned onto its side, blocking all three lanes, and emergency crews were called to make the area safe.
Police say no one was injured in the incident.
At about 9.05am crews attended another accident on the same stretch of motorway involving a foreign-registered lorry and a car. Police spokesman Jon Green said: “The lorry went up the bank and the car ended up in the central reservation completely smashed.”
One man was trapped for approximately 45 minutes while hydraulic cutting equipment was used to free him.
Police closed the motorway between Junctions 8 and 9.
It added to the chaos already caused by the fatal accident at about 1.40am involving up to six vehicles, including a lorry, between junctions four and three of the M20 London-bound.
One man died and three others were taken to Maid- stone hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Fire crews were called to the scene to cut drivers and passengers free and left at about 5.30am. The road was reopened at 10.20am.
Police have praised motorists for their patience during the disruption.
The London-bound carriageway of the M20 after Junction 9, near Ashford, yesterday (Wednesday)
Cars and lorries queue on the M20 after yesterday’s accident