M26 crash
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M26 remains closed in both directions after a multi-vehicle crash left people seriously hurt.

The London-bound carriageway between junctions 2a and 3 near Wrotham Heath is expected to remain closed until about 10pm.

Seven people were rushed to hospital including children after the crash - involving two cars, two lorries and a van with a trailer, happened at 9.45am.

A man, woman and two children were released from one car while a man and woman were released from a second car.

The victims were taken to King's College, Barts, St George's and the Surrey and Sussex hospitals for treatment – some suffering "potentially serious injuries".

Kent Police said the coastbound lane on the M26 reopened at 4pm.

Drivers are suffering delays of about 20 minutes east-bound and 60 minutes west-bound.

London-bound traffic was currently being diverted via the M20 at Wrotham Heath.