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Five-vehicle smash on horror road

PUBLISHED: 16:12 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:26 23 August 2010

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YOUNG children were passengers in a car involved in a horrifying five-vehicle crash at the weekend. Two of the cars smashed into the central reservation barrier of the coastbound A2 yards after the Pepperhill turn-off, Northfleet at about 1.15pm on Satur

YOUNG children were passengers in a car involved in a horrifying five-vehicle crash at the weekend.

Two of the cars smashed into the central reservation barrier of the coastbound A2 yards after the Pepperhill turn-off, Northfleet at about 1.15pm on Saturday.

Another spun sideways blocking lanes as other motorists swerved to avoid the wreckage but amazingly no one was seriously injured.

The airbag of the green Peugeot that rammed into the central reservation was clearly visible and the wheel arch and bumper on a black Astra were destroyed.

Motorist Tony Payne, 28, from Northfleet, did not witness the smash but passed the crash scene seconds after impact.

He said: "The cars were pretty badly damaged and people in the cars immediately got out so it seems they had a lucky escape.

"But as I drove past my heart sank, I saw a couple of young children in the back seats of one of the cars. That's when it hits home when you see young children, so vulnerable in that position. I'm not sure if they were injured, but it must have been horrifying for all involved."

Ambulance crews and police were on the scene within minutes and diverted traffic around the accident as officers took statements from witnesses and inspected the cars involved. Drivers and passengers of all five cars escaped with minor injuries.

Police vehicle recovery units removed the damaged cars from the carriageway and traffic was running freely by 2.15pm.

The latest serious crash happened three weeks after a man was killed in a five vehicle smash on the London-bound side of the A2.

On Monday January 12 a driver lost control of his articulated lorry, smashing through the central reservation and ploughing in to the path of oncoming traffic. The driver of a silver Lexus, Adeyemi Ogundoyin, who was from London and was in his 20s, died at the scene.

Mr Payne added: "I can't believe this so soon after that horrific accident last month."

In January the Reporter revealed that serious crashes on that stretch of the motorway have more than doubled in the last two years.

Highways Agency figures show that between the A2018 in Dartford and A227 near Gravesend eight people were seriously injured in 2005 rising to 19 in 2007. In 2005 there was only one fatality, already equalled this year only a fortnight in to the new year.

Kent Police confirmed that they are continuing their enquiries into the fatal smash on the A2 on Monday January 12. No one has yet been charged.

michael.adkins@archant.co.uk

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