100-car crash east of London

2013-09-05 16:21
Emergency services attending the scene and some of the vehicles involved in a major accident on the Sheppey Bridge Crossing near Sheerness in Kent, south England. (Gareth Fuller, AP/PA)

Emergency services attending the scene and some of the vehicles involved in a major accident on the Sheppey Bridge Crossing near Sheerness in Kent, south England. (Gareth Fuller, AP/PA)

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London - Dozens of people were hurt, some seriously, when more than 100 cars were caught up in a huge pile-up on a bridge east of London during foggy conditions on Thursday morning.

The mangled wrecks of cars and lorries (trucks) were strewn across the Sheppey Crossing as vehicles smashed into each other in a series of collisions at about 07:20  (06:20 GMT).

"All we could hear was screeching, cars thudding into each other, lorries crashing," driver Martin Stammers told the BBC.

Firefighters cut six people from their vehicles and 35 were taken to hospital, eight with serious injuries.

Witnesses said there was thick fog at the Crossing, a road bridge which links the Isle of Sheppey in the mouth of the River Thames estuary to the mainland about 80km east of London.

Police said they were still investigating the cause of the accident.

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