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Overturned milk tanker causes delays on A20 in Hollingbourne, Maidstone

By Kent Messenger reporter

An overturned milk tanker blocked a slip road onto the M20 for around 10 hours after it crashed.

The HGV fell onto its side on the A20 between Hollingbourne and Bearsted, near to the Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel, just before 6.20am today.

Firefighters used buckets and specialist equipment to stop the milk leaking from the 20,000 litre tank. Another tanker was called to save the remaining contents.

The overturned milk tanker with its spilled lorry. Picture: @Kent_999s
The scene on the A20 this morning

Diesel and hydraulic fluid was also seeping from the vehicle.

The road, which leads on to junction 8 of the M20, was earlier closed in both directions. The roundabout flyover was being used as a diversion.

Motorists were advised to avoid the area until the tanker was removed at about 4.30pm.

Emergency crews help remove the tanker. Picture: Martin Weeks

Firefighters left the scene at about 8.30am but police and Kent Highways crews remained at the site into the afternoon.

No injuries have been reported.

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