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A lorry driver arrested following a five-vehicle pile-up which killed two French nationals has been released on bail.
The 45-year-old was held in connection with the crash on the M26 near Kemsing, Kent and has now been released on police bail until August 15 pending further inquiries.
A lorry driver has been arrested following a five-vehicle pile-up which killed two French nationals.
The 45-year-old was held in connection with the crash on the M26 near Kemsing, Kent, just after 9.30am yesterday.
Two people - a 22-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl, both from France - died in the collision which blocked both carriageways
Seven other people were taken to London hospitals in a "serious condition" by South East Coast Ambulance Service following the crash.
Two people have died and seven have been taken to hospital after a major crash on the M26 motorway in Kent.
It is not know how serious the injuries of the other casualties are.
Two people have died and seven are in hospital following a five-vehicle motorway crash in Kent.
Motorists taken to hospital after a multi-vehicle crash on the M26 in Kent are said to be in a "serious condition", a police spokesmen has said.
However the conditions of those injured have not been disclosed.
Two lorries, two cars and a box van were involved in the collision on the London-bound carriageway near Kemsing just after 9.30am.
The M26 Londonbound will remain closed until around 8pm tonight, according to Kent Police.
Traffic is being redirected to join the M20 at Wrotham Heath and traffic on the Coastbound side is being released past the scene.
One lane will be opened to new traffic afterwards.
Kent Police is now appealing for anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them.
Officers were called at 9:37am on Wednesday 16th 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.
The Highways Agency has said it is now in the process of assisting Kent Police in turning trapped traffic around on the westbound causeway from the back of the queue, following a serious crash.
Five people are believed to be trapped after a serious collision on the M26 involving multiple vehicles.
One car, two lorries and a van with a trailer were involved in the crash, Kent Fire and Rescue said.
Paramedics, police and fire crews are at the scene.
Motorists have been advised to avoid the area after both carriageways were closed.