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A2 reopened after car transporter accident at Gravesend

By SamPayne  |  Posted: January 16, 2013

Picture of the overturned car transporter yesterday afternoon on the A2 carriageway

Picture of the overturned car transporter yesterday afternoon on the A2 carriageway

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THE London-bound carriageway of the A2 at Gravesend was fully reopened this morning.

The section between Pepper Hill and Ebbsfleet was partially reopened last night after a car transporter overturned spilling its cargo six hours earlier that day.

But three lanes of the A2 remained closed last night for several hours while the transporter was removed.

Other vehicles also had to be recovered from the hard shoulder because they had ran out of fuel and their batteries had gone flat.

Police gave out blankets to stranded motorists and offered any other help that was needed.

The accident happened before 3pm yesterday when it is believed the transporter collided into a crash barrier before overturning its cargo on both carriageways of the A2.

A transporter driver had serious but not life threatening injuries and was taken to King's College Hospital in London.

A motorist whose car was hit when by one of the cars from the transporter also had minor injuries.

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  • intermezzo  |  January 16 2013, 2:18PM

    The way this has been handled by the authorities is utterly unacceptable. I was heading for the Midlands, coming from Dover, and close to the Gravesend exit the A2 was in full gridlock. This was around 5 pm. All the information panels read 'stranded vehicle / slow', alongside with a speed limit of '40 mph'. After about one hour, during which the traffic advanced for 500 meters or so, I simply took to the shoulder and was lucky enough to make it to the Gravesend exit. Had I not done this, I imagine I'd have run out of gas myself, waiting for the 'specialists' to clear the road of an upturned lorry and its cargo. Being a foreign student who has driven across Europe many many times, in all sorts of situations, I'd have never imagined that such an accident could be 'handled' with such unbelievable incompetence.

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