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A249 Sheppey Crossing closed as emergency services deal with medical emergency

By John Nurden

Police have reopened the Sheppey Crossing after a "serious incident" on the A249 closed the link to the Isle of Sheppey today.

The road was closed in both directions to allow the Kent Air Ambulance helicopter to land.

Traffic queues leading up to the Sheppey Crossing closure earlier today. Picture Adam Yates

Traffic queues leading up to the Sheppey Crossing closure earlier today. Picture: Adam Yates

One Sheppey taxi driver said at the height of the disruption: "It is just chaos. The police have closed both the Kingsferry Bridge and the Sheppey Crossing. There is no way anyone can get off the Island. The whole place is gridlocked.

"I was supposed to be picking up a fare from Sittingbourne but I have had to call to say I can't get there. It's ridiculous."

Kent Air Ambulance helicopter coming in to land at the Sheppey Crossing earlier today. Picture Adam Yates

Kent Air Ambulance helicopter coming in to land at the Sheppey Crossing earlier today. Picture: Adam Yates

Police denied they had closed the Kingsferry Bridge but said they had stopped some motorists trying to jump the queues by driving down slip roads the wrong way.

The road was closed for a medical emergency after an elderly male passenger in a car suffered a heart attack.

Kent Air Ambulance about to land on the Sheppey Crossing. Picture M P Newing - Twitter

Kent Air Ambulance about to land on the Sheppey Crossing. Picture: M P Newing - Twitter

The Kent Air Ambulance was called and flew him to the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.

The Crossing was closed at about 11.30am and reopened at 12.30pm. Traffic is now said to be flowing free. The man was still in a critical condition on Tuesday.

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