Kent

Gravesend driver Mark Sharp killed in A2 crash

Mark Sharp Image copyright Family handout
Image caption Mark Sharp was described as a keen cook, gardener and classic car enthusiast

A man killed in a five-car crash has been described as a "gentleman with a happy, caring and generous manner".

Mark Sharp, a 46-year-old HGV driver from Gravesend in Kent, died in the pile-up on the coastbound A2 near Dartford on Tuesday.

It happened between Leyton Cross and junction two of the M25 just after 05:00 GMT, injuring seven other people.

Mr Sharp's family said he was a keen cook, gardener and classic car enthusiast, and would be sorely missed.

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

The initial crash involved a Nissan Micra, driven by Mr Sharp, and a black car, believed to be a taxi, before three further vehicles collided.

Kent Police want to speak to the driver of the black vehicle who was no longer present when they arrived at the scene.

Officers said its front right headlight was not working at the time.

They are also trying to trace a flatbed van which travelled through the scene shortly after the initial collision and is believed to have been damaged at the back.

Both drivers are being sought as witnesses.

Other motorists who saw what happened are also asked to contact the police.

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