Traffic congestion in Birchington after car hits tree in Kent Gardens

Emergency services at the scene.

There was heavy traffic both ways around Kent Gardens/ Surrey Gardens in Birchington today (February 13) due to an incident where a vehicle crashed into a tree.

The collision took place Kent Gardens this afternoon and is understood it may have occurred due to a medical incident.

The area was cordoned off while emergency services attended.

Emergency crews were called to the scene at around 3pm. The driver was out of the vehicle and being helped by residents.

Photo Nicholas Logan

The closure added to the already gridlocked traffic due to gas mains work shutting an area of The Square leading into the junction with Canterbury Road, and the junction of Park Lane with Canterbury Road.

Stagecoach bus routes are diverted along Essex Gardens, Devon Gardens and Surrey Gardens due to the works.

Photo Dean McCarthy

A message from a beat officer through My Community Voice says the driver ‘lost control’ and the road closure took place while the vehicle was recovered.

A Kent Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Kent Fire and Rescue Service is responding to reports of a crash in Kent Gardens, Birchington. One fire engine is in attendance, and crews are assisting with scene safety.”

A South East Coast Ambulance Service spokesperson added: “We remain at the scene of a road traffic collision involving an overturned vehicle in Kent Gardens, Birchington. The RTC was reported to us shortly before 3pm today.”

Photo Trish Bushell

A Kent Police spokesperson added: “Kent Police was called to Birchington at around 3pm where a car had  collided with a tree in Kent Gardens.

“Officers are at the scene, along with South East Coast Ambulance Service.”

UPDATE: SeCamb confirmed paramedics finished at the scene at around 4.30pm and no-one was taken to hospital.


  1. That’s not hitting a tree, that’s climbing a tree. How fast do you have to be going to crash like that?

  2. Amazing, I can see from the photos the driver first hit a lamppost and flattened it (between the grass verge and the pavement), before connecting with the tree. As another contributor states, no mention of attending hospital to be checked out. At least the tree has not lost any branches (as per the photos anyway).

  3. If medical, should not of been driving it’s just the latest excuse for bad driving. Speeding has to play a big part of this accident. Fine them for dangerous driving and costs involved then remove licence.

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