Traffic chaos as 20 mattresses blow off back of a truck onto busy M20 motorway

A busy motorway was sent into chaos after more than 20 mattresses blew off the back a truck, sprawling across at least two lanes of the tarmac.

The incident happened at the London-bound carriageway of the M20 in Kent on Sunday (April 29).

Dashcam video taken from a fellow driver shows the moment the metal door at the back of a truck breaks loose and when the truck overtakes the middle lane.

The mattresses are thrown into the air before it land between junctions 10 and 9.

The truck driver then pulls into the inside lane with two mattresses still hanging out of the back, one dangling over the side of the trailer.

The whole pile of 20 bedding were scattered on the road as drivers were forced to manoeuvre around it.

One driver said: "I had to go out into the fast lane to avoid them – they could easily cause an accident."

The mattresses had been stacked in a cage, but its doors were not secured and swung open on the busy road near Ashford, Kent.

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The surprising incident was captured by cameras mounted on the front and side of another truck that was driving behind in the inside lane.

This latest spillage was the second incident to block part of the M20 between the two junctions in the space of a week.

On Tuesday (April 26) two lanes were also closed overnight after a lorry spilled 200 litres of diesel on the road heading east.

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The road needed resurfacing work after the incident and both lanes remained closed overnight.

Motorists faced delays of around an hour on the coastbound carriageway following the spillage, also near Ashford.

Operation Brock contraflow will stay in place between junctions 8 and 9 until after the May Day Bank Holiday, highways bosses confirmed last week.

The system is designed to keep traffic on the M20 and other roads in Kent moving when there is disruption to travel across the English Channel.

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