M20 crashes bring traf­fic to stand­still

AC­CI­DENT PRONE: Emer­gency ser­vices tackle se­ries of in­ci­dents

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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