Lorry crash brings traffic to a standstill
A LORRY caused traffic chaos after it ploughed into a motorway embankment, felling trees on the hard shoulder and shutting a busy stretch of the M20.
The incident happened shortly before 2.30pm on Monday between junction 9 and 10 on the coastbound carriageway.
Police closed the M20 in both directions to allow the air ambulance to land in a nearby field, but the driver’s injuries were not life threatening and he was taken to the William Harvey Hospital by land ambulance.
Fire crews from Dover and Folkestone helped to free the man from his cab and to contain powdered chemicals spilled from the lorry.
The London-bound carriageway reopened after the air ambulance left, while the two outside lanes of the coast-bound carriageway remained closed until 6pm.
The hard shoulder and inside lane remained shut until just before 6am on Tuesday as recovery crews tried to free the vehicle.
By 6pm there were reports of threelane traffic stretching as far back as junction 8. Traffic in Ashford town centre also came to a standstill as motorists tried to cut through the town to avoid the tailbacks.
The crash was part of a series of accidents that caused huge traffic tailbacks on the M20 on Monday.
Fire and ambulance crews were called to a crash near junction 7 for Detling where a woman had to be cut free from her car.
Earlier in the day, on the Londonbound carriageway, a car and a lorry collided between junctions 9 for Ashford and 8 for Leeds Castle.
Heavy rain caused part of the motorway embankment to give way, near junction 8, meaning drivers had to inch past at 30mph.
A lorry carrying powdered chemicals crashed on the M20 causing traffic chaos
Emergency services helping the lorry driver