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Man dies after van ploughs into lamppost in Willington Street, Maidstone

By Louisa Britton

A 75-year-old man died after a van ploughed into a lamppost in Willington Street, Maidstone. 

Police were called just before 4.30pm yesterday afternoon and South East Coast Ambulance Service attended the incident but the driver passed away at the scene. 

The air ambulance landed in a nearby park following the accident. 

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

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

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

Motorists were told to avoid the area and the road re-opened by 7.45pm. 

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

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

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.

 Video: The crash happened in Willington Street, Maidstone

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

The scene of the crash, the following day

The scene of the crash, the following day

A resident living opposite the crash site who did not wish to be named said: "I was in my kitchen at the back of the house and didn't realise it had happened. It was a van on the pavement that's all I know."

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