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Appeal for information after boy aged 7 killed in crash

Kent Police are appealing for witnesses after a seven-year-old boy died in a fatal collision on the A20 near Hythe. A grey Kia Soul car and a black DAF lorry had collided on the Londonbound carriageway.

Officers were called to the scene at Saltwood at 9.30am on Friday 29th August. The road was closed until 2.40pm - causing major delays.

A family of five from the Leeds area who had been travelling in the car suffered serious injuries. The seven-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other young children and their parents were airlifted to hospitals in London.

‘This was clearly a tragic incident and we continue to work to ensure we have the full picture of the circumstances that led to the collision.

‘I would urge any witnesses who have not already spoken with police to contact us as soon as possible. I am also keen to get in contact with a female driver of a blue vehicle who stopped at the scene to assist with traffic control.

‘I would like to ask that person to get in contact to help with my enquiries.’

– PC Dawn Smith, Kent Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kent Police's Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538.

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TRAVEL - ROADS: KENT overturned car on A20

One lane of the A20 Round Hill Tunnel Eastbound in Kent is closed between M20 J13 (Folkestone) and A260 Canterbury Road (Hawkinge) because of an overturned car and recovery work. Traffic is queueing for one mile.

A car overturned onto its roof in the Round Hill Tunnel at around 10 o'clock this morning. All eastbound traffic was briefly stopped earlier, but lane two (of two) is open once again.

Motorcyclist on way to hospital after A20 collision

A motorcyclist is being taken to hospital after a collision between a motorbike and a car on the A20 near Hothfield in Ashford. It happened just after 4.10pm.

The A20 Maidstone Road is closed in both directions between Goddinton Lane/Sandyhurst Lane and the Orchard Heights roundabout.

A separate collision involving two vehicles happened about a mile away from the first incident. No-one was injured.

A20 fatal crash investigation continues

Kent Police have spent the day examining the scene of a fatal car crash in which two young people died. The Ford Fiesta they were travelling in left the carriageway of the A20 between Ashford and Maidstone on the evening of Saturday 29th December, and hit a tree.

The incident happened on the Maidstone-bound side of the A20 Ashford Road near Charing Crematorium. A passing motorist saw the vehicle just after 10 pm and reported it.

The driver was a 17-year-old woman from the Ashford area. Her passenger was a 20-year-old man from the Maidstone area. They were both pronounced dead at the scene. Their families have been informed.

The Maidstone-bound side of the A20 was closed until 2 am on Sunday 30th December while officers investigated the collision and carried out recovery work.

Police would like to hear from anyone witnesses, or anyone who may have the seen the car in the area before the accident occurred. The witness appeal line telephone number is 01622 798538.

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