Road reopens after lorry jackknifes on M2 near Sittingbourne
A section of the M2 has reopened - more than eight hours after a
lorry jackknifed near a slip road.
Highways Agency experts say the lorry has now been removed from
near the exit slip road at Junction 5 of the M2 coastbound
carriageway for Sittingbourne and the Stockbury roundabout.
It jackknifed at 8.15am, but the road was only cleared at
just before 5pm.
Agency staff said the clearance operation was made more
difficult because of the position of the lorry, and its paper
But traffic built up throughout the day, with motorists
reporting delays back to Junction 4 and beyond.
But the lorry driver is said to have had a lucky escape -
walking away without injury following the accident .
Police, ambulance and the Highways Agency were all called to the
scene. The road was closed to traffic at 8.30am.
A woman who drove past the wreckage, but who doesn’t wish to be
named, said the driver was lucky to be alive.
She said: “The cab had flipped forward so it was at a right
angle with the road. When I first saw the trailer my first thought
was ‘I hope there’s not a car trapped underneath there’. Luckily
“It’s surprising nobody else was injured as this happened during
rush hour. The man obviously had lady luck on his side that
Highways officers eventually took the decision to stop traffic
travelling along the M2 at around 8.45am.
The single-vehicle crash was between Faversham Road and
Monkery Lane, and has been closed since 7.30am.
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