In­jured lorry driver air­lifted to hos­pi­tal af­ter M20 crash

Lon­don-bound lanes closed for over five hours

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Charity Show - By Vicky Castle

A lorry driver was flown to hos­pi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries af­ter fire­fight­ers cut him free from his jack-knifed ve­hi­cle on the M20.

The over­turned HGV blocked all three Lon­don-bound lanes of the M20 be­tween junction 9 and junction 8 on Mon­day.

Emer­gency crews, in­clud­ing po­lice of­fi­cers, fire crews and paramedics, rushed to the in­ci­dent at 11.30am

The col­li­sion in­volved two lor­ries and fire crews used hy­draulic equip­ment to res­cue one of the driv­ers.

He was treated by paramedics for in­juries de­scribed as “po­ten­tially se­ri­ous”, be­fore be­ing flown to King’s Col­lege Hos­pi­tal, Lon­don, with in­juries to his head, tho­rax, ab­domen and up­per leg.

Both sides of the mo­tor­way were closed to al­low the Kent Air Am­bu­lance to land in a nearby field.

The coast­bound car­riage­way re­opened shortly af­ter­wards but the Lon­don-bound stretch was closed un­til 5pm.

Highways chiefs tweeted to warn mo­torists to ex­pect de­lays and al­low ex­tra time for jour­neys.

All Lon­don-bound traf­fic was di­verted off the mo­tor­way at junction 9, and trapped traf­fic be­tween the junc­tions was turned around.

A po­lice spokesman said: “In­quiries into what hap­pened are on­go­ing.”

‘It was may­hem. Peo­ple were just get­ting out of their cars and wan­der­ing around’

Pic­tures: Andy Clark

Dra­matic scenes on the mo­tor­way af­ter a se­ri­ous in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a jack-knifed lorry

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