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Three people remain in hospital following M26 crash

A man and two children are still in hospital following a crash on the M26 last week Credit: ITV Meridian

A man and two children are still in hospital following a crash on the M26 last week.

Two people died in the five-vehicle pile up on the motorway near Kemsing, Kent.

A 45-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident and has been released on police bail.

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.

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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

Tributes to motorcyclist who died in M26 crash

Darren Rochford
Darren Rochford died in a collision on the M26 in June 2013

The family of a motorcyclist who died after a collision on the Surrey-bound carriageway of the M26 have released a tribute to him.

Darren Rochford, 44, from Tadworth in Surrey died on Sunday 30th June 2013.

‘Darren Rochford sadly passed away after a tragic motorcycle crash on Sunday 30th June 2013.

‘Darren was a loving partner, father, son and brother and a doting grandfather who will be greatly missed but always remembered by all those he touched during his life.

‘Those who knew Darren will know of his love of anything with an engine, particularly his beloved Mark I Escort which he lovingly restored to its former glory.

'In his memory his family and friends have organised a memorial run to JetSkiWorld in Cliftonville, Margate which will be held on the 18th of August leaving from Clackett Lane Services 'anti-clockwise' at 7:30am.

‘Darren's funeral will be held on the 19th of July at North East Surrey Crematorium, Lower Morden Lane, SM4 4NU at 4:40pm for those who wish to attend.

‘Darren's family would like to pass on their thanks for all the kind words and support they have received.’

TRAVEL - ROADS: KENT M26 closed westbound at J3/M20 - J5/M25 & A21

Part of the M26 Westbound is closed due to recovery work, after an earlier lorry fire and carriageway cleaning between M20 J3 and M25 J5 / A21.

The incident was first reported at around 9.30am. The motorway is expected to be closed for some time, although the fire has now been extinguished.

There is a diversion in place: Traffic approaching on the M20 westbound is advised to continue on the M20 to join the M25 clockwise at J1 (M25 J3).

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