A299 Thanet Way crash near Birchington: Driver fighting for his life after car smashes into recovery vehicle on hard shoulder

PUBLISHED: 10:55 10 October 2017



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Crash took place around 9.45pm on Monday night - the road remained closed for 11 hours

Police are appealing for witnesses to the road smash on the A299 Thanet Way which left one man fighting for his life after a car crashed into the back of a recovery truck.

The crash occured at 9.45pm on Monday on the London-bound carriageway near St Nicolas-at-Wade.

Investigating officer detective constable Dave Holmes said: “A recovery truck had broken down and was stationary, straddling the hard shoulder and lane one.

“We believe that a black Vauxhall Astra has collided with the rear of the recovery truck. A blue Peugeot 406 was also involved in the collision.”

The driver and only occupant of the Astra, a 25-year-old man from the Sittingbourne area, sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to a London hospital.

No other injuries were reported.

DC Holmes added: “We are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or saw any of the vehicles prior to it happening to contact us.”

If you saw the crash, contact the serious collision investigation unit appeal line on 01622 798538 quoting DS/DH/226/17. Alternatively email

The road was closed until this morning.

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