Man taken to hospital in London as M2 closed between Gillingham and Faversham following serious lorry crash

A serious accident between a lorry and a van has seen a man taken to a London hospital amid rush hour chaos.

The M2 has been closed along the coast between J4 for Gillingham and J6 for Faversham following the collision earlier this morning, with long delays on the motorway and surrounding roads.

A lorry and a van crashed into the M2

Emergency crews were present and a man had to be extracted from the wreckage.

A police spokesman said: “Kent Police were called to a collision between a lorry and a van between junctions 4 and 5 of the coastal M2 near Rainham at 5.55am on Tuesday.

“Officers were present with the South East Coast Ambulance Service and Kent Fire and Rescue Service and a man was taken to a London hospital.”

A fire department spokesperson added: ‘Three fire engines were present and crews used hydraulic rescue equipment to free a victim who was handed over to the care of paramedics and air ambulance.

Road users have been advised to divert via the M2 at J3 and drive down Blue Bell Hill and continue on the M20 towards the coast to the A20 junction for Leeds Castle.

At Charing, traffic will take the A252 east to the Challock roundabout, then head north on the A251 to J6 of the M2.

Drivers were being prevented from leaving Medway services while there were also queues approaching Stockbury roundabout on the A249 and on the A2 approaching Faversham.

Traffic in Bowaters
Traffic in Bowaters

There have also been traffic jams on the M2 to London as drivers try to enter Medway services while the Bowaters roundabout is also blocked.

Thanks to Boxley, traffic to Maidstone slowed for two miles.

The M2 was reopened around 9 a.m.

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