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Shepway crash: Air ambulance and police in Maidstone's Willington Street

By Matt Leclere

A man has been injured after a "serious crash" when a van ploughed into a lamppost in Maidstone.

The air ambulance landed in a nearby park following the accident in Willington Street in Shepway at 4.30pm.

Firefighters were also called and police closed the road at the junction with Sutton Road.

Police closed Willington Street in Shepway, Maidstone. Picture: @scooper430

Police later confirmed the 75-year-old man died at the scene.

Kent Police said: "Police was called at 4.27pm on Wednesday 15 February to a report that a car had been in collision with a lamppost in Willington Street, Maidstone.

"The road was closed while officers and the South East Coast Ambulance Service attended the scene.

"The driver, a 75-year-old local man, passed away at the scene. The road re-opened by 7.45pm."

A spokesman had earlier said: "Officers are currently at the scene assisting South East Coast Ambulance Service, and the air ambulance has also been deployed.

"A road closure is in place between the junctions for Sutton Road and Westmorland Road, and motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible."

The air ambulance landed in a nearby park. Picture: @BoddinJohn

Kent Highways warned drivers to expect delays and advised motorists to seek alternative routes.

A second crash across town in Fountain Lane near the hospital is also causing delays.

A collision involving two vehicles was reported at 5pm near the A26 Tonbridge Road.

Police said no injuries have been reported but the road remains blocked.

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