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Delays on M20 between Maidstone and Ashford

A crash between a car and a lorry closed the M20 on the coastbound carriageway between Junction 8 for Maidstone and Junction 9 for Ashford.

Traffic on the carriageway was stopped while fire services had to cut the driver of the car out of their vehicle.

Emergency services at the scene of the M20 crash
Emergency services at the scene of the M20 crash

The driver, a woman reportedly in her 40's, has been taken to hospital and the two vehicles have been removed by Highways England.

There was a queue of traffic at least two and a half miles long stuck on the motorway, which was closed at the Maidstone exit, with a diversion in palce via the A20.

The clean-up operation is now finished and restrictions on the roads have been lifted, with delays on both the motorway and A20 expected to gradually ease.

A KFRS spokeswoman said: "Kent Fire and Rescue Service was called to the scene of a road traffic collision between Junction 8 and Junction 9 of the M20 at 10:22am on 9 October.

"Two fire engines were sent to the scene and crews used hydraulic rescue equipment to release a trapped casualty from one of the vehicles, who was then passed into the care of South East Coast Ambulance paramedics."

Traffic was queuing for at least 2.5 miles. Photo: Highways England
Traffic was queuing for at least 2.5 miles. Photo: Highways England

A police spokesman said: "Kent Police was called at around 10am on Wednesday 9 October regarding a collision involving a car and a lorry on the coastbound carriageway of the M20 between junctions 8 and 9.

"Officers, Kent Fire and Rescue Service and the South East Coast Ambulance Service attended the scene where a woman was treated for injuries. She was taken to a local hospital for further medical attention.

"Highways officers also attended and the coastbound carriageway was closed at junction 8 while emergency services dealt with the incident."

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