Chaos after eight-ve­hi­cle pile-up

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - NEWS -

Driv­ers and pas­sen­gers in­volved in a dra­matic eight- ve­hi­cle pile-up on the M20 on Tues­day night mirac­u­lously es­caped with­out se­ri­ous in­juries.

The crash - which hap­pened at around 4.50pm - caused se­vere de­lays on the mo­tor­way through­out the evening.

It blocked the coast­bound car­riage­way for sev­eral hours be­tween Junc­tion 5 for Ayles­ford and Junc­tion 7 for Maid­stone and Detling Hill, where there were al­ready road­works.

It left traf­fic queu­ing back as far as the M26 in­ter­change at Junc­tion 3 and de­lays of up to 60 min­utes.

Two lanes re-opened at around 6.50pm, but high­ways of­fi­cials warned se­vere de­lays would re­main on the car­riage­way, un­til the road fi­nally fully re­opened at around 7.45pm.

It emerged ear­lier this year that there were nearly 50 ac­ci­dents in just one month on an­other stretch of the M20, near Ash­ford, which has been nar­rowed to two lanes to al­low road­works to take place.

High­ways Eng­land faced calls to re­view its man­age­ment of the works but bosses in­sisted none of the se­ri­ous in­ci­dents were caused by the de­sign of the traf­fic man­age­ment road lay­out.

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