At least 1 injured following footbridge collapse over UK motorway (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
This bridge collapsed in front of us as I was driving on the M20 just moments ago. The Hand of God worked today. pic.twitter.com/FhGRyjdItS— Alex T Magaisa (@Wamagaisa) August 27, 2016
It's believed a truck collided with the bridge on Saturday, which is located between junctions 3 and 4 near the town of Maidstone in Kent, causing it to collapse.
Kent Police: Lorry believed to have collided with the pedestrian bridge which has collapsed onto the M20. One person injured.— LBC Breaking (@lbcbreaking) August 27, 2016
M20 on the way to Dover and we see this😳😳😳 pic.twitter.com/gvWc57JR9m— Abi Fai Chang (@JeffChangx) August 27, 2016
Nobody is buried underneath the rubble but a motorcyclist aged in their 50s is understood to have been transported to hospital for suspected broken ribs suffered as a result of the bridge collapse.
More from Kent Police on the #M20: No people thought to be trapped in the debris, one person believed to have non-life threatening injuries.— LBC Breaking (@lbcbreaking) August 27, 2016
The road, which is the main route to the Channel Tunnel and the Port of Dover for travelling on to France, has been closed in both directions and will be "for some time," according to Highways England. Traffic is understood to be very heavy in the area as a result.
#M20 J2-J4 closed in both directions in Kent. Serious incident involving all emergency services. Road will be closed for some time.— Highways England (@HighwaysSEAST) August 27, 2016
"If you are within the closure please remain with your vehicle. We will be releasing traffic by u-turning vehicles," Highways England tweeted.
#M20 J2-J4 incident. If you are within the closure please remain with your vehicle. We will be releasing traffic by u-turning vehicles.— Highways England (@HighwaysSEAST) August 27, 2016
Images on social media show half of the bridge collapsed across the road with a truck's roof scraped away by the overpass, which was reportedly undergoing repair work. Parts of the truck's broken roof can be seen strewn across the road.