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A2 gridlock as accidents pile up

17:21 03 June 2009

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THIS is the dramatic moment a car apparently flipped off a tow truck and crashed through a central reservation barrier. The accident on the London-bound A2 was one of a series that bought traffic chaos to north Kent during the rush hour over two days thi

THIS is the dramatic moment a car apparently flipped off a tow truck and crashed through a central reservation barrier.

The accident on the London-bound A2 was one of a series that bought traffic chaos to north Kent during the rush hour over two days this week.

Motorists faced delays due to the smash on Monday at about 7pm near Pepperhill, Northfleet, as two lanes were closed to recover vehicles.

About 90 minutes earlier on the coast-bound A2 at Darenth Interchange, near Bluewater, a man suffered serious back injuries during a two vehicle smash.

The man, thought to be in his 20s, had to be freed from the wreckage with hydraulic cutting equipment by firefighters and taken to Darent Valley Hospital.

Motorist Danny Baird, 29, of Perry Street, Northfleet, said: "Travelling back from London on Monday was a nightmare. The A2 was gridlocked because of the accident at Bluewater. I saw the traffic build up and came off at Dartford but it was pretty busy.

"I could not believe it when I saw traffic grounding to a halt on the other side of the A2 as I headed towards Northfleet because a car was on its roof on the central reservations."

A resident, who wished to remain anonymous, rushed from his home near the A2 after hearing a large bang.

He said: "I was inside and I heard this almighty bang. The crash sounded really nasty but it looks like everyone is ok.

"Although I did not see the crash it seems as if the car was on the back of a truck when it crashed."

Kent Ambulance and a crew from Kent- Thameside Fire and Rescue attended the incident on the A2 London-bound on Monday but it seemed the drivers escaped injury.

On Tuesday morning rush-hour traffic faced 11 mile tailbacks starting at the M25 junction 3 for Swanley following an accident.

Motorists on the A2 faced delays of up to an hour on Monday and even longer for those in the Swanley area on Tuesday morning as temperatures reached 25 degrees.

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