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Maidstone: A20 Ashford Road reopens after lorry sheds load of carcasses

By Chloe Holmwood

A spillage of animal carcasses forced the closure of a main route in both directions.

Police were called to the A20 Ashford Road, near Bearsted, shortly before 9.30am after a lorry shed part of its load, believed to be animal remains.

The Maidstone-bound carriageway has now reopened between Eyhorne Street, near the Great Danes Hotel, and a roundabout for Junction 8 of the M20.

Police have closed off the road after a lorry shed its load. Picture: Harry Higginson
Police have closed off the road after a lorry shed its load. Picture: Harry Higginson

Two eyewitnesses said the lorry had dropped "tonnes of animal remains" over the road, but police have not yet confirmed the vehicle's contents.

Officers were called shortly before 9.30am this morning. Picture: Harry Higginson
Officers were called shortly before 9.30am this morning. Picture: Harry Higginson

Traffic was earlier said to be queuing in the area due to the spillage. Motorists were diverted through Hollingbourne.

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