Published: 00:40, 05 February 2018 |
Updated: 12:18, 05 February 2018
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 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.
Busy morning as expected with number of crashes-thankfully no serious injuries. Please drive carefully in these conditions 05-215 AG pic.twitter.com/1XUdlwFPJh— Kent Police RPU (@kentpoliceroads) February 5, 2018
Highways England confirmed one of the accidents was on the eastbound carriageway approaching Ashford.
Kent’s Road Policing Unit tweeted: “Please take care, slow down, expect sudden weather changes.”
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.
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