M20 drivers forced to drive under collapsed bridge as motorway reopens


Motorists on the M20 did not want to hang about as they passed under half of a footbridge left jutting out over the road after an accident .

The bridge had been carved in two when it was hit by a digger being transported on the back of a lorry on Saturday.

The footbridge between junctions three and four partly collapsed shortly after noon, causing traffic chaos on the main route to the Channel Tunnel and Port of Dover in Kent.

But the London-bound carriageway has fully reopened and two out of three eastbound lanes had reopened, according to Highways England.

A 50mph limit was in place as vehicles had to travel under the remnants of the bridge left hanging over the traffic.

Highways England spokeswoman Catherine Brookes said: Safety is our top priority. While we concentrated on reopening the road as soon as possible, it was imperative this was done safely.

The 50mph speed limit is being introduced while until work to remove the rest of the footbridge is complete.

We urge drivers to respect the limit for their safety and that of other road users, and thank them for their patience as we carried out this essential work.

Two large cranes worked to clear the road after the accident.

A motorcyclist in his 50s was taken to hospital in Tunbridge Wells with suspected broken ribs following the incident while the driver of the lorry was treated for shock at the scene.

The crash also closed the coast-bound M26, which links the M25 London orbital with the M20.

News Source MirrorNews

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