A MAJOR ROAD crash in the UK has left eight people seriously hurt and around 30 others in hospital with minor injuries after more than 100 vehicles crashed in thick fog on a bridge.
Eyewitnesses described a mass of tangled trucks, cars, and a car transporter, while police said it was “miraculous” that no one died.
Police were called at 7:15 am to the crash on the London-bound carriageway of the four-lane highway on the Sheppey Crossing road bridge, which connects the Isle of Sheppey to mainland Kent in southeast England.
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Chief Inspector Andy Reeves 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.”
Eyewitness Martin Stammers, 45, told the Kent Online site: “It’s horrific. I’ve never seen anything like it in my life.
“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” or 18 metres.
Jaime Emmet, a 19-year-old student told the BBC she had managed to stop in time before her car was hit by a van, adding:
All I could hear was the cars smashing in front of each other and I could not know how far ahead the accident was.
Kent Police have set up a helpline for anyone concerned about a relative who may have been involved. It can be reached on 00441622 653 580.
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- This article contains reporting from AFP