Lorry crash brings traf­fic to a stand­still

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Luke Hol­lands lhol­lands@thek­m­group.co.uk

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.

Pic­ture: Phil Royal

A lorry car­ry­ing pow­dered chem­i­cals crashed on the M20 caus­ing traf­fic chaos

Emer­gency ser­vices help­ing the lorry driver

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