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Man appears in court for M20 bridge crash

A 63 year old man has appeared in court charged with offences including causing serious injury by dangerous driving after his lorry collided with a pedestrian bridge on the M20. Alan Austen was transporting an excavator and dumper on his lorry when it struck the bridge between junctions 3 and 4 last August. There was no-one on the bridge but a 73-year-old motorcyclist did suffer three broken ribs as he came off his motorbike to avoid being hit by tonnes of concrete on the London-bound carriageway.

The aftermath gridlocked the motorway on one of the busiest days of the year. ?1.5m worth of damage was caused to the bridge. Mr Austen is currently on unconditonal bail.

A hearing has been set for March 17.

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