A2 re-opens at Pepperhill after car transporter overturns
The aftermath of the
crash on the A2 in which a transporter overturned
A car transporter driver remains in a serious condition today
after his vehicle overturned - spilling cars across the A2
The London-bound carriageway, between Pepperhill and Ebbsfleet,
was shut yesterday after the crash at about 3pm, but has now
Kent Police said the road was cleared by 12.40am after the lorry
and debris were recovered.
Two people were injured when the car transporter overturned and
is thought to have split in half - spilling some of its cars
across both carriageways.
At least one car on board "flew" over the central
reservation and hit another car.
The lorry driver was taken to hospital with serious, but not
life-threatening injures, and another motorist suffered minor
Video: The crashed car
transporter caused chaos on the A2
Rush-hour queues stretched back several miles into the
evening and diversions were put in place.
The coastbound carriageway was shut for about two hours, but
tailbacks stretched back to the M25.
Some vehicles broke down when they ran out of fuel or suffered
flat batteries and needed to be recovered from the hard
Police handed out blankets to motorists stranded in
Lorry overturns on A2.
Picture: Kent Police
Tim Cay, 35, from Higham was riding his motorbike when the
He said: "In the distance I've seen this car, it looked like it
was flying, I thought it had fallen off the bridge above.
"It reminded me from something from the film The Matrix, when
they're all going through traffic and crashes were happening around
"I didn't see what happened to the lorry but as I got closer, it
was on its side with its underneath facing me, it must have had 12
cars on it, all brand spanking news Hyundais - never seen anything
like it in my life."
Also speaking at the time of the crash, Wilmington resident
Michael Cook said: "The traffic is everywhere and no one really
seems to know where they're going.
"There are cars everywhere, I think they're Audis, but these
beautiful cars have been ruined."
PC Paul Soesan, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: "I'd like to
thank motorists for their cooperation while we assisted the two
injured people and recovered the lorry and debris caused from this
"I'd urge anyone with information, including those who saw the
transporter before the incident, to contact Kent Police by calling
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