A DRIVER was killed in a three-vehicle crash on the A2070 between Ashford and Hamstreet last night.
The 24-year-old woman from New Romney died after her black Ford Ka collided with a blue BMW and a dark blue Peugeot van driving in the opposite direction at 11.40pm.
Detective Sergeant Scott Lynch, from the Kent Police serious collision investigation unit, said: "The Ka subsequently caught fire and sadly the driver, a 24-year-old woman from the New Romney area, died at the scene."
The driver of the BMW, a 53-year-old man from Sittingbourne, was taken to the William Harvey Hospital at Ashford with multiple injuries and is in a serious but stable condition. The driver of the van, a 49-year-old man from Hamstreet, was taken to the same hospital with minor injuries and was later discharged.
DS Lynch said: "We are appealing for witnesses to the collision itself but also to anyone who remembers seeing any of the three vehicles on the A2070 before the collision occurred.
"We are particularly keen to talk to the driver of a foreign-registered car which we believe was in the area at the time and may have witnessed what happened. There is absolutely no suggestion they were involved in the collision, but they could have important information that could help our investigation."
The road was closed until 7.30am this morning
while the accident was investigated and the vehicles involved were recovered.
Anyone with information about the accident should call the serious collision investigation unit appeal line on 01622 798538.