Two-mile tailbacks on the M20 in Kent after police called to a man covered in blood walking on the road

The M20 near Maidstone (PA)
The M20 near Maidstone (PA)

There were tailbacks up to two miles on the M20 motorway in Kent after police were called to reports of a man covered in blood walking down the road.

One driver told Sky News that they saw a "large man was walking down the middle of the fast lane in a white vest covered in blood".

Motorists were warned to seek alternative routes while officers dealt with the man on the road near Maidstone.

A Kent Police spokesperson said: "Kent Police was called following concern for a man seen between Junctions 7 and 8 of the M20 near Maidstone at 11.45am on Sunday 17 March 2024.

“Emergency services attended and the man was located with injuries which are not believed to be life-threatening. He has been passed into the care of healthcare professionals.

"The motorway was closed in both directions while the incident was responded to and reopened by 1.30pm."

It comes as a five-mile stretch of the M25 between junctions 10 and 11 was closed in both directions at 9pm on Friday and remains inaccessible until 6am on Monday while a bridge is demolished and a new gantry installed in its place.

Concerns had been raised thousands of drivers would be stuck in gridlocked traffic over the weekend during the unprecedented closure on the south-west of the orbital route, with one councillor calling it a “nightmare”.

Congestion stretched for two miles on Saturday morning, according to National Highways South-East (NHSE), and the estimated average journey time through the diversion route was 25 minutes.