Sheppey Crossing: 'horrendous' pile-up injures 150 people
Cars under lorries and drivers trapped as bridge in Kent turned into scrapyard by massive accident
A BRIDGE in Kent has been reduced to a scrapyard after more than 100 cars were involved in a pile-up that injured about 150 people, some of them seriously.
Police say a heavy morning mist may have caused the massive accident which occurred at 7.15am on the Sheppey Crossing in Kent. There are no reports of any deaths, but the BBC says eight people have been seriously injured and 35 have been taken to hospital.
Firefighters said they had freed five people from their vehicles on the southbound carriageway and there are reports several people are still trapped in their cars.
Shortly after the accident took place pictures began to appear on social media showing the extent of the damage. Driver Martin Stammers told the BBC the scene was "horrendous" and described seeing cars under lorries and people lying on the floor.
Scene on the Sheppey Bridge this morning after 100 vehicle pile up in thick fog pic.twitter.com/83rFMW7xCd
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Aerial footage of the pile-up shot by the BBC shows a massive tail-back forming on the A249 in the aftermath of the accident. Nine ambulances and six fire engines attended the scene.
Stammers, 45, told Kent Online: "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."
Stammers said he heard cars colliding for about "ten minutes" after the initial accident and several cars had had "their roofs ripped off".
"We managed to stop safely in time before the accident, but if we'd have been 10 seconds earlier we'd have been involved," he said.
Police are advising motorists to avoid the area. ·