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M26 crash update: Seven people taken to hospital after crash involving minimum of 'four vehicles'

PUBLISHED: 11:58 16 April 2014 | UPDATED: 07:50 17 April 2014

Seven people have been taken to hospital after a serious vehicle collision on the M26 westbound on Wednesday (16).

The Highways Agency has closed the road in both directions as it works to clear the area.

According to South-East Coast Ambulance, “some” of the six people receiving treatment at St George’s Hospital in Blackshaw Road, Tooting, have suffered “potentially serious injuries”.

The crash, Kent Police says, involved a minimum of “four vehicles”.

Five ambulance crews, two ambulance cars and a Hazardous Area Response team (HART) attended the scene after reports of a collision at around 9.40am on Wednesday (16) morning.

The M26 could remain closed for several hours while emergency services deal with the incident.

Road users are advised to avoid the area, check travel information where possible and to plan alternative routes.

Traffic is being diverted via the M25 and M20.

A Highways Agency spokesman said: “The Highways Agency and its contractors are working with partners including the police, and other emergency services, to reopen the road as soon as it is safe to do so.

“Police investigations are ongoing and it is expected that the closure will be in place for most of today and possibly into the evening peak period.

Did you see it? Please call the newsdesk on 0208 477 3825 or email harry.kemble@archant.co.uk

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