A crash in the county of Kent in southeast England involving 130 vehicles on a bridge has injured 200 people, 27 of which required hospitalization. The incident, which occurred at 7:15 AM BST (2:15 AM on America's east coast), was on a bridge on the A249, a road that connects two major motorways, the M2 and M20.

Poor visibility due to heavy fog is believed to be one of the primary causes of the pileup, with some witnesses reporting they could only see about 30 feet in front of them before the crash. There were reports from some drivers that the collisions went on for ten minutes, as other vehicles caught up to the scene of the accident and were unable to stop in time.

Chief Inspector Andy Reeves told the BBC, "It was...very hazardous. It was described to me as a very thick fog and it was certainly low visibility at the time." Cars, vans, semis and even a loaded car carrier were involved in the wreck, which will likely keep the bridge closed for the remainder of the day. Scroll down for helicopter footage of the aftermath.


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      pheasant601
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ummmm... if it's THAT foggy. You need to be driving very very slow. At least half of those people were drivng far too fast.
      dave and mary
      • 1 Year Ago
      With 30' visibilty, each driver kept driving. "With fog THIS bad, no one will be on the roads dearey! So ... let's keep going!"
      Andrei
      • 1 Year Ago
      Figure that the best sports cars need 100 feet to stop from 60mph in IDEAL conditions... If you can't see 30 feet in front of you, you honestly shouldn't be driving any speed past a crawl.
        vtmilitia
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrei
        They only crawl after they leave the Pub.
        onfinal18
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrei
        I agree Andrei, but that doesn't keep you from being rear ended does it? It in fact may cause it if you lower your speed too quickly.
      Dark Gnat
      • 1 Year Ago
      If fog, drive slow. Else, Drive normally.
      Time
      • 1 Year Ago
      "with some witnesses reporting they could only see about 30 feet in front of them before the crash" Funny how these witnesses don't mention there speed at the point of impact...
      Hal20xx
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they're counting each one of the cars on that car-hauler, I'm calling shenanigans.
      Soccer Mom
      • 1 Year Ago
      What else do you expect from driving in thick fog on the wrong side of the road?
      Myself
      • 1 Year Ago
      And since this is the UK, it will take them 5 days to clear that up....
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      Never go full retard, chap ol' boy.
      dl0007
      • 1 Year Ago
      The U.S. or England. It doesn't matter! Damn WOMEN drivers!
      Paul
      • 1 Year Ago
      it's no wonder there was a crash like this, they drive on the wrong side of the road fgs!
        Mike Pulsifer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Paul
        "Research in 1969 by J. J. Leeming showed countries driving on the left have a lower collision rate than countries driving on the right, although he acknowledged that the sample of left-hand rule countries he had to work with was small, and he was very careful not to claim that his results proved that the differences were due to the rule of the road.[28] It has been suggested that this is partly because humans are more commonly right-eye dominant than left-eye dominant.[29][30][31] In left-hand traffic, the predominantly better-performing right eye is used to monitor oncoming traffic and the driver's wing mirror (side mirror). In right-hand traffic, oncoming traffic and the driver's wing mirror are handled by the predominantly weaker left eye. In addition, it has been argued that left-sided driving is safer for elderly people given the likelihood of their having visual attention deficits on the left side and the need at intersections to watch out for vehicles approaching on the nearside lane.[32] Furthermore, in an RHD car with manual transmission, the driver has the right hand, which for most people is dominant, on the steering wheel at all times and uses the left hand (and left foot) to change gears and operate most other controls." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right-_and_left-hand_traffic#Safety_factors
      Jim R
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's gotta be some kind of record.
        hokieflea
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jim R
        http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/11/22/15364379-140-car-pileup-in-texas-fog-kills-two-injures-dozens?lite texas just HAS to do it bigger
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jim R
        [blocked]
        Carpinions
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jim R
        That's nothing. I saw a massive police car pileup on the streets of Chicago in a movie once...
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