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Folkestone: Man, 54, dies in M20 crash

A man has died following a crash between a van and lorry on the M20.

The crash, involving a white HGV and white Vauxhall Vivaro van, happened just before 5pm yesterday on the coastbound carriageway between Junctions 11 and 11A.

The van driver, a 54-year-old man from Folkestone, suffered serious injuries and was taken to a London hospital where he later died.

Traffic being held after the crash on the M20. Picture: Highways England (6453857)
Traffic being held after the crash on the M20. Picture: Highways England (6453857)

A statement released by police this morning said: “An appeal for witnesses has been launched by officers investigating a fatal collision on the M20 near Folkestone.

“The collision involving a white HGV and white Vauxhall Vivaro van is reported to have taken place at 4.54pm on Thursday 10 January 2019.

“Both vehicles were in the first lane of the coastbound M20 between Junctions 11 and 11A.

“The driver of the van, a 54-year-old man from Folkestone, suffered serious injuries and was taken to a London hospital where he later died.”

Witnesses reported about 16 emergency service vehicles attended the crash, which happened in lane one.

The section of motorway was closed throughout the night for officers to carry out an investigation.

One eyewitness said: "It appeared the van was crushed and the lorry damaged, three other vans had come to a stop in lane one.

"I drove past before the emergency services had arrived. Numerous people were stood around the vehicles looking extremely distraught.

A statement from Kent Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters worked with paramedics from SECAMB to assess the driver of the van and then using hydraulic cutting gear freed the man, who was trapped by his injuries."

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