50ft hole closes motorway section

A 10-mile section of motorway in Kent has been closed in both directions after a huge, 50ft-deep hole appeared in the central reservation.

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Lorry driver arrested after M26 crash released on bail

The lorry driver who was arrested and questioned by police in connection with a crash on the M26, which killed two people, has been released on bail until 15th August.

A 22-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl, both from France, died when five vehicles collided on the London bound carriageway on Wednesday morning.

Seven other people were taken to hospital in a "serious condition."

Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses.


Youth Police Commissioner sets out aims for the year

Kerry Boyd hopes to visit schools and youth groups to raise awareness of knife and drug crime Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Kent's new Youth Police Commissioner Kerry Boyd has set out her aims for the year ahead.

The 19-year-old hopes to engage with youngsters by visiting schools and youth groups and raise awareness of knife and drug crime as well as keeping safe online.

She will also make sure that young people's opinions are reflected in the Commissioner's Police and Crime Plan that sets out the vision for policing in Kent.

Man arrested following M26 crash

Kent Police have arrested a man in connection with the multi vehicle crash that brought the M26 to a standstill yesterday.

Officers were called at 9:37am on Wednesday 16 April to a report of a multi-vehicle collision on the Londonbound carriageway of the M26, near Kemsing.

The collision involved five vehicles - two HGVs, two cars and a box van.

Police are still appealing for witnesses to come forward.


Section of M26 where crash happened now re-opened

A section of the M26 closed following a serious crash yesterday which killed two people has now re-opened.

Two lorries, two cars and a box van were involved in the crash near Kemsing, Kent yesterday morning.

Seven people were also taken to hospital in a "serious condition" by South East Coast Ambulance Service following the crash.

The eastbound stretch was reopened yesterday evening but the London-bound carriage way where the crash happened was shut overnight.

Hundreds of motorists were stranded in traffic for several hours following the collision.

Any witnesses who may have seen the lead up to the collision or the crash itself should call 01622 798538.

BREAKING: Two dead in M26 crash

Kent Police have confirmed that two people have died after the multi-vehicle crash on the M26 near Kemsing this morning.

The motorway Londonbound remains closed. It is expected to reopen by 10pm tonight. Diversions are in place with traffic being redirected back to join the M20 at Wrotham Heath.

Any witnesses or motorists who saw the events leading up to the collision, or the collision itself, and who has since left the scene without speaking to police should call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit urgently on 01622 798538. Your patience is appreciated.’

– Chief Inspector Matt Kendall, Kent Police

M26 eastbound lane reopens

One lane of the M26 eastbound has re-opened following a serious crash on the Kent motorway earlier today.

However, the westbound carriageway between the M20 and M25 remain closed as police continue to work on the scene of the crash.

The Highways Agency and its contractors are working with partners including the police, and other emergency services, to fully reopen the road as soon as it is safe to do so.

The carriageway is expected to remain closed for several hours to come.

Delays are approximately 20 minutes eastbound and 60 minutes westbound and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

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