M2 above latest: An air ambulance arrived at the scene of the crash
The air ambulance turfed on the M2, near Gillingham, after vehicles were involved in a horrific car fortuity at approximately 3.30pm.
Pictures from the scene show a number of ambulances at the side of the motorway and officers in the middle of the street.
Kent police initially spoke of a “unattached vehicle collision”.
However, local news outlets described a multiple transports pile-up.
Police said in a statement: “Kent Police was called at 3.30pm on 31 October 2018 to a account of a single vehicle collision on the M2 between junction four and five of the coastbound carriageway.
“Bureaucrats are at the scene along with SECAmb and the air ambulance has been called to second.
“A road closure is in place between junctions three and five while the episode is dealt with.”
The crash happened earlier this afternoon between junctions 3 and 5, southbound, between Maidstone, Sittingbourne, Sheppey and Chatham.
M2 transport latest: Miles-long traffic is piling up during rush hour
In a message shared on Twitter, Highways England intended: “#Kent Our traffic officers are on their way way to close the #M2 coastbound, J3 – J5, due to a crack-up.
“Consider alternative routes and allow plenty of extra time for your trek.”
The incident created significant delays, with mile-long queues already assuming the area.
The A249 near the turn off with the M2 was also very involved following the closure of the M2, with people being advised to either hope an alternative route, or avoid the area entirely.
Highways England later thanked those who are jut out in the taibacks for their “patience”.
M2 traffic latest: Highways England thanked motorists kept in the queues for ‘their patience’
They scribbled on Twitter: “#Kent If you’re a motorist who is ‘stuck’ on the #M2 coastbound, J3 – J5, due to the collision that has closed the motorway, your on patience is greatly appreciated while the emergency services continue to composition hard at the scene. @kentpoliceroads @KentHighways”.
The carriages were reopened by the cops shortly before 6pm.
However, officers warned there was still a lot of freight to pass.
Kent Police wrote: “M2 junction 5 delays due to dealing with an mischief RTC.
“Both carriageways now reopened however expect delays whilst the backlog clears. Thanks be given ti for your patience.”