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A249 Maidstone Road closed after second crash in one evening

A key road has reopened after a crash that left a motorbike rider in hospital.

The A249 was shut between the Stockbury roundabout and the A2 Key Street Roundabout for more than three hours.

Police and paramedics were called to the scene at around 5pm and Highways England then had to arrange recovery of the vehicles involved.

Highways officials say there are six miles of tailbacks
Highways officials say there are six miles of tailbacks

The road reopened at around 9.30pm.

A police spokesman earlier said: "Officers are attending the scene on the northbound A249 near to the Key Street roundabout, Sittingbourne.

"A man sustained injuries and taken to a local hospital.

"All lanes are currently closed and diversions are in place while recovery is ongoing."

At one stage the closure caused at least six miles of tailbacks. Traffic was diverted via Maidstone Road.

It has also had a knock-on effect on coastbound M2 traffic with queues stretching back to junction 3 (Chatham/Rochester).

A previous collision happened just after 4.30pm between M2 junction 4 (Gillingham) and junction 5 (Sittingbourne).

Meanwhile, the M2 was shut between junction 5 and junction 6 (Faversham) just before 9pm as officials carried out emergency pot hole repairs.

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