Accident involving three lorries on the M20 between Maidstone and Ashford
A truck driver was cut from wreckage after a three-lorry crash in treacherous conditions on the M20. The incident happened this lunchtime close to junction 8 between Ashford and Maidstone and saw traffic grind to a halt, with the air ambulance landing on the carriageway.
Traffic at the scene of the accident. Picture: Ariel Kiedrowicz
Vehicles were at a standstill and emergency services, including Kent Police and the South East Coast Ambulance Service, attended following the incident which happened at around 1pm. Kent Fire and Rescue Service sent four fire engines and a technical rescue unit to the scene.
Highways England said the collision involved multiple vehicles and resulted in a full closure of the carriageway in both directions. However, the coastbound carriageway of the M20 reopened shortly after 5pm.
Drivers have been diverted on to the A20 through Charing, Lenham and Harrietsham between junctions 8 and 9. The air ambulance landed at the scene at around 1pm and took off about an hour-and-a-half later.
Traffic on the M20 between Maidstone and Ashford following an accident. Picture: Katie Heslop (44356975)
Four fire engines and the Technical Rescue Unit were sent to the scene, and crews used cutting equipment to release one casualty, who was passed into the care of paramedics.
The London-bound carriageway remains closed.
It comes as snow continues to fall in parts of the county and roads remain icy as a result of the ongoing cold snap. Listen to kmfm for regular travel updates Read more: All the latest news from Maidstone