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Both M20 carriageways reopened to traffic a day after bridge collapse

Published 28/08/2016

The scene on the M20 motorway after the lorry hit a motorway footbridge, causing it to collapse
The scene on the M20 motorway after the lorry hit a motorway footbridge, causing it to collapse

The M20 has completely reopened to traffic more than 24 hours after a footbridge collapsed, sparking hours of traffic chaos on one of the busiest weekends of the year.

Traffic can now use both carriageways of the M20 in Kent, Highways England said, after a stretch between junctions one and four was cleared following Saturday's accident, which saw the structure stuck by a digger being transported on the back of a lorry.

A precautionary 50mph limit is in place in both directions past the bridge.

The reopening was several hours later than planned.

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.

Catherine Brookes, of Highways England, said: "Safety is our top priority. While we concentrated on reopening the road as soon as possible to help drivers, 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."

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