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Hum    6,928

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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+FloatingFatMan    12,847

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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Hum    6,928

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

 

And I thought sure you were driving ...

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+FloatingFatMan    12,847

^ 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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webeagle12    865

In 'merica we would sue the fog

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McKay    3,695

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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123456789A    4,708

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

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SiCKX    373

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

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Hum    6,928

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

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Rohdekill    717

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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xreyuk    13

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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Growled    3,880

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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FlintyV    732

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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+The Evil Overlord    17,097

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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DocM    12,477

I'm surprised this doesn't happen here. Michigan can get a toxic mix of pea soup fog and "black ice" that makes driving exceedingly tough.

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chrisj1968    1,415

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

 

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

I've seen this in Germany too.

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Growled    3,880

I still can't believe no one died in all of that.

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Arachno 1D    7,991

There was probably a few spoilt txts during the crash

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