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Snow on M20 sparks multiple crashes between junctions 8 and 9

By KentOnline reporter

Snow falling on a stretch of the M20 sparked a series of pile-ups this morning.

Kent Police traffic officers say they attended as many as four collisions overnight, each involving multiple vehicles, between junctions 8 and 9 of the motorway.

Heavy snowfall was also reported on the M2.

A car overturned on the M20 overnight. Pic: @kentpoliceroads
A car overturned on the M20 overnight. Pic: @kentpoliceroads

A yellow warning from the Met Office was in place until 10am, with further snowfall of up to 3cm forecast for today.

Pictures shared on Twitter show emergency crews at various scenes and one car on its roof.

Minor injuries were reported.

Highways England confirmed one of the accidents was on the eastbound carriageway approaching Ashford.

Snow on the M20. Picture: Highways England
Snow on the M20. Picture: Highways England
Snow is making driving conditions treacherous. Picture via @kentpoliceroads
Snow is making driving conditions treacherous. Picture via @kentpoliceroads
Snow on Blue Bell Hill. Picture: Highways England
Snow on Blue Bell Hill. Picture: Highways England

Kent’s Road Policing Unit tweeted: “Please take care, slow down, expect sudden weather changes.”

There have been multiple crashes in Kent. Pic: @kentpoliceroads
There have been multiple crashes in Kent. Pic: @kentpoliceroads
Snow fell in Kent overnight. Picture: Gritting Kent
Snow fell in Kent overnight. Picture: Gritting Kent
Queueing on the M2 near the Stockbury roundaobut at j5
Queueing on the M2 near the Stockbury roundaobut at j5

It added that it hoped to deal with the clear-up operations with minimal lane closures.

Drivers caught up in the crashes described the conditions on social media.

Video: This was Kings Hill this morning

@cmbundock said: “I've never see anything like this! Absolute carnage with vehicles overturned, abandoned and facing the wrong way on the hard shoulder.

“Expensive day for the insurance companies! All because people don't adapt their driving to the conditions!”

Several roads across Kent bore the brunt of the weather.

Earlier this morning there were hazardous driving conditions due to snow on the M20 in both directions between J7 for Maidstone and Detling Hill and J10 for Ashford.

Video: Snow on the M20, courtesy of Kent Police Roads

There were also difficult driving conditions due to snow on the M2 in both directions around J5 for Sittingbourne and the Stockbury Roundabout, but this has now cleared.

A frozen conductor rail at Barming also affected journeys on the Ashford to Victoria line, with trains not stopping at some stations.

The scene at Sandy Hurst Lane bridge, Ashford overnight. Picture: Dan Kasper Wilson
The scene at Sandy Hurst Lane bridge, Ashford overnight. Picture: Dan Kasper Wilson
Traffic overnight in Ashford. Picture: Dan Kasper Wilson
Traffic overnight in Ashford. Picture: Dan Kasper Wilson
The sheep on Romney Marsh needed their woolly coats after the snow fall
The sheep on Romney Marsh needed their woolly coats after the snow fall

Tune into kmfm for traffic updates.

Do you have any pictures of weather-related traffic or other incidents? Email them to news@thekmgroup.co.uk.

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