Crash closes M20 at Junction 7

Thousands of people are heading to the Kent County Show face delays late into the afternoon after a serious crash involving two lorries closed the M20. The road is closed London-bound at Junction 7 for the A249, with queues stretching back for seven miles. One lane is also closed coast-bound for barrier repairs.

The accident happened at about 3.25am and two lanes are expected to remain blocked until at least 4pm.

Debris was strewn across the road. Picture Graeme San

Debris was strewn across the road.

Picture: Graeme San

The air ambulance landed after the lorry crash. Picture Mark Colyer

The air ambulance landed after the lorry crash.

Picture: Mark Colyer

Ambulances were still at the scene at 5.30am this morning. Pic Luke Curtis

Ambulances were still at the scene at 5.30am this morning.

Pic: Luke Curtis One lane on the other carriageway is also closed as engineers assess the scene. A Kent Police spokesman said today: “Kent Police and other emergency services are currently dealing with a serious collision on the M20 near Maidstone.

“Officers received the report of the collision involving two lorries at 3.25am on Friday 7 July 2017. “A man has been taken to a London hospital.

Huge delays after a two-lorry crash on the M20

Huge delays after a two-lorry crash on the M20

The crash involved two lorries

The crash involved two lorries

Emergency services are at the scene

Emergency services are at the scene

Picture Vic Knight

Picture: Vic Knight “The London-bound carriageway of the M20 by Junction 7 is expected to remain closed for several hours while emergency services deal with the incident.

“Lengthy delays are expected, drivers are advised to avoid the area, if possible. ” The air ambulance attended and has now left the scene. Traffic is being diverted around the accident by coming off the London bound carriageway at the Junction 7 exit slip road and rejoining the carriageway via the entry slip road.

We have approached police for more information.

Traffic has been building up on the A249 leading towards the Kent Showground

Traffic has been building up on the A249 leading towards the Kent Showground

An aerial view of the scene. Picture Sandra Dean

An aerial view of the scene.

Picture: Sandra Dean The crash has added to the delays caused by the thousands of visitors heading to the Kent County show. The delays will remain until at least 4pm, heralding more chaos for visitors to the showground heading home.

The A249 is currently busy with queues going back three miles to the Hucking turn-off.

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