Crash driver on road 11 hours

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The driver of a lorry which over­turned on an M2 slip-road had been driv­ing for 11 hours, po­lice have re­vealed.

Of­fi­cers were called to the Lon­don-bound Junc­tion 5 exit for the Stock­bury round­about at 5.46am last Thurs­day after the HGV lost con­trol and left its load of beer strewn across the road.

Traf­fic was left queu­ing beyond Junc­tion 6 for Faver­sham on the Lon­don-bound car­riage­way with de­lays of up to an hour re­ported.

Fire­fight­ers were sent to the top­pled lorry to cut out the driver after he was trapped by his in­juries. Fire crews had left by 8.20am. The driver was taken to King’s Col­lege Hospi­tal, Lon­don, by road with head and arm in­juries.

A tweet from the Road Polic­ing Unit later said the driver had been on duty for 26 hours and 28 min­utes and had been driv­ing for 11 hours and 27 min­utes.

The load was said to have been “com­pletely in­se­cure”, the tyres in a poor con­di­tion and some trailer brakes not con­nected.

The road re­mained closed for seven hours.

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