Dramatic crash leaves major road shut for hours
Two men were taken to hospital and the A20 shut for hours after a lorry rolled on to its side in a dramatic crash.
Police were forced to close the road in both directions following the smash on Tuesday morning, which involved a Travis Perkins truck and a Volkswagen Tiguan car.
The VW driver, believed to be a man in his 50s, was taken to the William Harvey Hospital with head and lower leg injuries.
The crash happened just after 9am at the entrance to the Mersham-le-Hatch Business Village, near the Blue and White cafe. Paula Tozer, who was taking her daughter to college, was caught up in the incident.
She said: “There was a VW Tiguan involved and a flatbed lorry on its side.
“There was lots of debris on the floor, and I could see a lorry up the road on its side.
“I ran up the road and saw the car, and it looked terrible.
“There were skid marks in the road and a man was lying on the pavement – he had somehow managed to get himself out of the lorry.”
Fire crews cut the VW driver out of his car before he was taken to hospital.
Crews removed the door and roof of the car to release the man, who was placed on a spinal board and handed over to the ambulance service.
Ambulance crews also took the driver of the lorry to hospital for precautionary checks, but both drivers were conscious.
No serious injuries were reported. Three fire engines attended, as well as two ambulances and a paramedic car.
Mrs Tozer said: “The car had spun around in the opposite direction to which it was travel- ling, and the driver was trapped in it. The front windscreen was smashed and the car door took the impact. His car door was so smashed in they had to cut the roof off instead.
“The road was blocked and it obviously caused chaos, but fortunately the police said that they were going to be OK.”
The air ambulance landed at Mersham Le Hatch Cricket Club.
The road was closed in both directions for a number of hours.
Police were still at the scene late into the afternoon as Kent County Council workers cleared a fuel spillage.
The truck was left partly off the road
Fire crews at Tuesday’s crash
Police shut the A20
A recovery vehicle begins to right the truck