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UPDATE: Fatal collision in Orpington

News   •   Nov 04, 2019 11:23 GMT

[Deceased: Kenneth Matcham]

Detective continue to appeal for witnesses and footage following a fatal road traffic collision in Orpington. 

Police were called to Sevenoaks Road in Orpington at 22:12hrs on Thursday, 31 October following a report of a multi-vehicle incident. 

Officers, the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service attended and found two buses and one car in collision.

The driver of one of the buses, Kenneth Matcham who was aged 60 and from Gravesend, Kent, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

His family have been informed.

Paramedics also treated 15 casualties at the scene. Three of the casualties were treated for serious injuries, and the remaining have minor injuries.

The driver of the car, a 20-year-old man, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drug driving. 

He was taken to a south London hospital as a precaution and was then taken to a south London police station, he was subsequently released under investigation.

Detectives from the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU) are investigating and are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dash cam, mobile phone or CCTV footage of the collision to urgently get in touch. 

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room number on 020 8285 1574 or police on 101 quoting CAD 9509/31OCT.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at