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M20 reopens coast-bound between Junction 1 Swanley and Junction 3 M26

The coast-bound M20 has reopened following two crashes which left three people in hospital.

Emergency services were called to the scene of the first accident at around 6am, which involved a lorry and a motorcyclist.

Shortly after, another crash happened in the same place.

Traffic queuing on the M20 after a serious crash. Picture: Highways England.
Traffic queuing on the M20 after a serious crash. Picture: Highways England.

Police and fire crews were called, as well as paramedics in three ambulances and two cars. Air ambulance medics also arrived by road.

Three people were taken to hospital - two to Tunbridge Wells and one to King's College in London.

The extent of their injuries is not yet known.

The motorway remained shut between junction 2 for Wrotham and junction 3 for the M26 until around 2pm.

The closure caused long delays, and a diversion was in place via the A20 and M26.

A police spokesman said earlier: "The coast bound carriageway of the M20 motorway remains closed between junctions 1 and 3 following a serious collision involving a lorry and a motorcyclist.

"The incident was reported to Kent Police at 6am on Friday 6 October 2017. A second incident involving further vehicles happened at the same location shortly after.

"Police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service and the South East Coast Ambulance Service all attended the scene and three people have been taken to hospital.

"The road is anticipated to be closed until this afternoon and there are currently significant delays, which are also affecting the M25."

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