Gravesend man dies in five-car crash on A2 near Dartford

Traffic on the A2
Image caption The coastbound carriageway was closed for several hours following the crash

One man has died and seven other people have been injured in a crash involving five cars on the A2 near Dartford.

Emergency services were called just after 05:00 GMT to the coastbound carriageway between Leyton Cross and junction two of the M25.

The initial crash involved a Nissan Micra and a taxi before three further vehicles collided.

The deceased man, in his 40s, was from the Gravesend area. His next-of-kin have been informed, police said.

Kent Police are urgently looking to identify the taxi driver who was no longer present when police arrived.

Officers have also appealed for the occupants of a light-coloured flat bed van to come forward as they may have important information on the crash.

Insp Martin Stevens, from the serious collision investigation unit, said: "We know there were a number of vehicles travelling along this stretch of road at the time and I am appealing to anyone who saw what happened who are yet to speak to police [to contact us].

"I would like to identify the taxi driver and also the occupants of the flat bed van who we know passed the scene.

"I'm sure that the driver will have important information to help our investigation and would appeal for them to get in touch as quickly as possible.'

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