Dramatic lorry crash scene on A20, Swanley, near Sidcup

10:30 15 March 2012

Rescue services at the scene of an accident where a lorry crashed in to a bridge on the A20 at Swanley, near Sidcup: Picture by Brian Falconer

Rescue services at the scene of an accident where a lorry crashed in to a bridge on the A20 at Swanley, near Sidcup: Picture by Brian Falconer

Archant

This was the dramatic scene on the A20 yesterday (wed) as emergency services attended an accident after a lorry crashed in to a railway bridge over the busy road at Swanley, near Sidcup.

The driver, who is thought to be in his 40s, was taken to Darent Valley Hospital with minor injuries after being cut free by firefighters using hydraulic cutting equipment. Twelve firefighters from four crews attended the smash which happened at about 10am.

An air ambulance crew treated the lorry driver at the scene and he initially lost consciousness but later regained it. An ambulance spokesman said he was suffering from a head injury and bleeding from his mouth but was taken to hospital by land ambulance.

The A20 was closed at the junction with the M20 in both directions when debris from the laundry truck and its trailer stretched across both carriageways just after the Swanley interchange.

Barriers were repaired and the lorry was removed allowing both carriageways to fully reopen by 4pm yesterday, six hours after the smash.

The collision damaged rail tracks and services to Victoria were disrupted for a couple of hours.

During the raod closure coast-bound traffic was diverted up and over the carriageway via the entry and exit slip roads.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

One male suspect has also died, with Parliament sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers hailed for helping to stop the attacker reaching MPs.

Read more

Lindsay Booth said The Apprentice taught her to put more emphasis on life than business.

Read more

Tina Fey and Jason Bateman star as brother and sister, who return home after the death of their father in This Is Where I Leave You.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

One male suspect has also died, with Parliament sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers hailed for helping to stop the attacker reaching MPs.

Most of downtown Ottawa is in lockdown, say police.

A gunman has shot a Canadian soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, then entered parliament and shots rang out, according to reports. People fled the building by scrambling down scaffolding erected for renovations, witnesses told the Canadian Press news agency. The top spokesman for Stephen Harper said the prime minister was […]

From birds and insects to a frog, iguana and lions: the beautiful shots of the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year exhibition.

Quirky London