Dra­matic crash leaves ma­jor road shut for hours

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - A20 Smash - By Dan Wright and Ai­dan Bar­low

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

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