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#1 Hum

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 12:13

London (CNN) -- At least 100 vehicles smashed into each other in a massive pile-up Thursday in England's southeastern county of Kent, police said, injuring eight people seriously and leaving dozens with minor injuries.

The huge chain-reaction crash took place on a multi-lane bridge and highway that connects the Isle of Sheppey with mainland Kent, reportedly amid thick fog.

Video from the scene showed scores of abandoned cars and trucks, many crumpled from impacts with other vehicles. Motorists, some injured, sat on the roadside as they awaited help.

More than 30 people were taken to the hospital, the local ambulance service said. In all, about 200 people received care for minor injuries or were given medical advice at the scene, it said.

The Sheppey Crossing, on the A249 road, has been closed to traffic in both directions, Kent Police said.

 

Several hours after the pile-up, the South East Coast Ambulance Service said many people were unable to leave the bridge because of the wrecked vehicles and were struggling with the heat on an unusually warm September day.

 

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Posted 07 September 2013 - 15:10

Actually, it was over 130 cars involved.  Typical morons driving too fast in thick fog.

 

Also, this happened on Thursday! You're slacking, Hum. ;)



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 15:41

^ I post when the News page has it. ;)

 

And I thought sure you were driving ...



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 17:59

^ I post when the News page has it. ;)

 

And I thought sure you were driving ...

 

I was miles away, honest!  Sheppey's like, half an hour's drive from me!



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 18:03

In 'merica we would sue the fog



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 18:04

You're getting it all wrong, they were going for the record of most car pile-up set by the Blues Brothers.

 



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 18:16

I saw "Driver Training" on the blue truck. Blame that guy.



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 18:33

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Guy in the middle is the one that started it, look at that smile.



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 19:14

Video gives a better overview of the crash

 



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 22:39

Body shop owners and car dealers are drooling .... :shifty:



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 23:01

Tragic, but not even remotely close to the record though. Helsinki, Finland (March 17, 2005) -- 300 vehicles and Sao Paulo, Brazil (Sept. 15, 2011) -- 300 vehicles



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Posted 07 September 2013 - 23:09

Unfortunately this was an accident waiting to happen in the UK.

 

Too often in heavy rain, and poor visibility do you see people driving right up the arse of other drivers, this is the exact reason the new law on tailgating was brought in. (Police officers can now pull over and fine someone for tailgating). 

 

The standard of driving in the UK has become really poor, and they really need to start educating drivers properly. How people are allowed to drive on motorways immediately after their test, without ever having driven on them before is beyond me.



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Posted 08 September 2013 - 01:29

I was miles away, honest!  Sheppey's like, half an hour's drive from me!

You sure you didn't pass through there and leave a fog of exhaust.



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Posted 08 September 2013 - 18:43

Unfortunately this was an accident waiting to happen in the UK.

 

Too often in heavy rain, and poor visibility do you see people driving right up the arse of other drivers, this is the exact reason the new law on tailgating was brought in. (Police officers can now pull over and fine someone for tailgating). 

 

The standard of driving in the UK has become really poor, and they really need to start educating drivers properly. How people are allowed to drive on motorways immediately after their test, without ever having driven on them before is beyond me.

 

The facts would disagree. UK is among the safest in Europe.

 

Currently the lowest amount of deaths since records began in 1926 for the UK.



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 23:13

The facts would disagree. UK is among the safest in Europe.
 
Currently the lowest amount of deaths since records began in 1926 for the UK.

statistics would disagree, but as someone who practically lives on UK's motorway network, I've seen some crazy sh*t on the roads. People overtaking on the left of me, not allowing the space needed for semi trailers to turn, not taking swingout into consideration, tailgating,
?.. And then of course, there everybody else on the road :p



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