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Children among 41 people injured as coach overturns on M25 near Swanley

PUBLISHED: 19:13 13 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:12 14 August 2018

The scene on the the M25 at Swanley after a coach overturned Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The scene on the the M25 at Swanley after a coach overturned Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

More than 40 people have been injured after a coach overturned on the M25 near Swanley.

The scene on the the M25 exit slip road at J3, at Swanley on the anti-clockwise carriageway. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA WireThe scene on the the M25 exit slip road at J3, at Swanley on the anti-clockwise carriageway. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Three people with more serious injuries were taken to hospital, while 38 were treated for minor injuries.

Seven children were among those hurt, South East Coast Ambulance Service said.

The Princess Royal University Hospital in Orpington is on major incident alert, a spokesman said.

Lanes one and two at junction three anti-clockwise have been closed, as has the exit slip road, causing major delays.

A 51-minute delay is expected with traffic queues stretching back five miles, Highways Agency said.

Police, ambulance and fire services were called to the scene at the M25 at Swanley just before 4pm.

A Kent Police spokesman said the force “was called at approximately 4pm on Monday, August 13 to reports of a collision involving a coach on the anti-clockwise carriageway of the M25 near to junction three.

“Officers are currently at the scene with South East Coast Ambulance Service and Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

“The junction three slip road on the anti-clockwise carriageway and lanes one and two are currently closed.

“There are delays to traffic and motorists are advised to seek alternative routes where possible.”

A spokesman for Kent Fire and Rescue Service earlier said firefighters were using cutting gear to free two people trapped.

Three fire engines and “several vehicles from the heavy rescue team” were sent out “as a precaution”, he added.

Police are urging motorists to plan ahead.

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