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Firefighters have freed the occupants from two cars, a van and two lorries. on a motorway in Kent. A man, woman and two children were released from one car while a man and woman were released from a second car.
Seven people have been taken to hospital by South East Coast Ambulance Service and the M26 will remain closed in both directions for several hours. Traffic on the London bound carriageway is being turned round and redirected back to join the M20 at Wrotham Heath.
Kent Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision to contact them.
Seven people are injured in a serious crash that has closed the M26 in both directions.