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Congestion on the A2 after lorry hit a barrier and diesel spilled over the road, road closed

By Clare Freeman

Traffic in Medway came to a standstill yesterday following a fuel spill on the A2.

A lorry hit a barrier near the junction at Gravesend and the fuel tank fell off causing diesel to spill over the carriageway.

The London bound carriageway was closed but one lane has been reopened.

The Highways Agency website said there are currently delays of 30 mins caused by congestion between the junctions with the M2 and the A227. Normal traffic conditions expected from 12:00 pm.

Traffic is queuing on the London bound A2. Picture from Gareth Cairns on Twitter @garethv6

A police spokesperson said: "We were called at 9.13am following reports a lorry had hit the central reservation on the London-bound carriageway of the A2 just past junction one.

"The road was fully closed for a while and traffic diverted along the A289 but lane four has been re-opened."

The lorry crashed into the barrier and lost its fuel tank. Picture from Peter Richmond on Facebook.

A spokesperson from Strood fire station said that the road had been closed as a precaution as the amount of fuel split made the road surface slippery.

He also said that the driver was taken to hospital but had got out of the cab by himself.

Police, fire crews, the Highway Agency and the ambulance service all attended the scene.

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