100-vehicle crash: An insane pile-up this morning involved over one hundred cars crashed and smashed on a fog-shrouded bridge southeast of London. Eight people suffered serious injuries and hundreds more had minor scrapes and bumps, reports Yahoo! News UK on Sept. 5.
The huge chain-reaction crash occurred on a multi-lane bridge that connects the Isle of Sheppey with England’s southeastern county of Kent. Visibility was knocked down in some places to only 25 to 50 feet. Officials and witnesses said driving too close and too fast, coupled with the poor visibility, led to the enormous collision.
Car carnage was strewn about the highway, as hundreds of individuals waited on the bridge for help to arrive and for the mile-long accident to be cleared.
Amazingly, no one lost their life, although 30 people were taken to area hospitals, eight of those with what were considered serious injuries. At least 200 were given medical attention at the scene, most with minor injuries.
“There was debris on our side of the road from the accident, then we saw the first part of the crash – there was cars, lorries and vans ploughed into each other like a concertina. I've never seen anything like this before in my life,” said one witness.
Another witness to the crash, 45-year-old Martin Stammers, called the crash “horrific.”
“All you could hear was cars crashing. We got out of our car and it was eerily quiet with visibility down to just 20 yards. Then you would hear the screeching of brakes and then a thud. It was all you could hear for about 10 minutes – crash after crash after crash,” Stammers said.
One driver involved in the crash, Chris Buckingham, said a lorry driver (truck driver) likely saved more vehicles and people by blocking the road.
“[The truck driver] was going the other way and what he managed to do, which has probably saved lives, is he's gone down to the end of the carriageway, gone across the roundabout and actually blocked off the road so no more cars could actually enter the dual carriageway before the emergency services got there,” Buckingham said.
“Whoever that guy is I'd like to shake his hand because he's probably saved lives today,” Buckingham added.