Thursday 25 December 2014

'Miracle' that no one died in 100-car pile-up on bridge

Alice Philipson

Published 06/09/2013 | 05:00

The twisted wreckage after the pile-up that continued for 10 minutes on the Sheppey bridge in Kent

It was "truly miraculous" that no one was killed in a 100-car pile-up on a bridge in heavy fog, British police have said.

The crash, which occurred on the new Sheppey crossing bridge on the A249 in Kent yesterday morning, reportedly went on for 10 minutes as cars continuously collided with each other.

The scene on the bridge was a mass of tangled cars, lorries and even a car transporter as one witness said "all you could hear was cars crashing".

The witness described "cars in the air, cars under lorries" and "people laying on the floor". Eight people were seriously injured and 33 are in hospital following the crash. Lives were probably saved because an unidentified quick-thinking lorry driver used his truck to block the entrance to the bridge and stop more cars piling into the crash.

Chief Inspector Andy Reeves, from Kent Police, said he had never seen such a crash in 20 years.

"From my perspective, it's truly miraculous. It's very fortunate there were no fatalities."

Witness Martin Stammers (45) from Minster, said: "It's horrific. I've never seen anything like it in my life. All you could hear was cars crashing."

There were reports of some motorists driving "like idiots" in the conditions before the crash.

Irish Independent

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