A 130 car pile-up on a bridge southeast of London has caused massive delays and resulted in dozens of injuries.
The Guardian reported that the accident happened early Thursday morning on the New Kingsferry Bridge in Sheppey, an island off the coast the county Kent. Police have reported at least eight serious injuries and another 60 people have been treated for minor injuries.
The cause of the massive pile-up is being blamed on low visibility on the bridge due to thick fog. Early reports indicate that the pileup went on for ten minutes. Some witnesses have claimed that motorists on the bridge were driving much too fast given the limited visibility conditions, which resulted in the pile-up. The bridge crossing will remain closed for the rest of the day, with warnings of severe delays in other areas as traffic is rerouted.
Witnesses at the pileup described a scene of twisted metal and tangled cars. One witness who was trapped in the pileup told reporters that
All I could here was the cars smashing in front of each other and I could not know how far ahead the accident was. It was so foggy I could literally see two or three cars in front of me - that was it. Then I could literally see smashed cars everywhere and a lorry had smashed into the central reservation as well."
Local Kent police officers have said that the pile-up is the worst accident in the area in the last 20 years and that it was "remarkable" that no one was killed.