UK pile-up: Over one hundred cars were involved in an enormous crash on a fog-shrouded bridge southeast of London this morning. Eight people suffered serious injuries and hundreds more had minor scrapes and bumps, reports the BBC News 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. Aerial video from the scene shows scores of vehicles rammed up against one another, with hundreds of drivers gathered outside of their cars awaiting assistance in the hot sun.
Bridge traffic remains closed today, as crews continue to work at cleaning up the massive debris field. Officials moved through the smashed cars, spray-painting them numerically in the order that they appeared to be in.
Over 30 individuals were taken to area hospitals, eight with serous injuries, with more than 200 receiving medical care at the scene.
“It's horrific. I've never seen anything like it in my life,” said 45-year-old Martin Stammers, who was involved in the crash.
“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.
The BBC says 130 cars were involved in the crash – no doubt setting up an insurance nightmare for weeks to come.