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100 cars crash in mass UK pile-up

Thursday, 5 Sep 2013 | 7:09 AM ET
100-vehicle pile-up in England
Thursday, 5 Sep 2013 | 11:00 AM ET
More than 100 vehicles were involved in a pile-up on Thursday on a bridge in Kent, England. Hundreds of people were injured, including 8 who were hurt seriously. Visibility on the bridge was low due to heavy fog, which was a factor in the pile-up.

One hundred vehicles collided in heavy fog in the south of England on Thursday, in a huge pile-up which has injured hundreds of people.

According to the police, eight people were seriously hurt and 60 suffered minor injuries, after multiple cars crashed on a bridge bound to London from the southern county of Kent.

Martin Stammers was a witness to the crash. He told Yahoo News: "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. 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.

"The whole top of the bridge is full of mangled cars and lorries. There are cars with their roofs ripped off — one is five feet in the air. There were a lot of people trapped."

Kent police were called to the scene at 7:15 a.m. BST on reports of collisions at both ends of the Sheppey bridge crossing. Officers are now urging motorists to avoid the area, and warned that those who proceed should expect long delays.

—By CNBC's Katy Barnato

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