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Sheppey bridge crash: Six people seriously injured - were you involved?
NEWS Shopper wants to hear from anyone who was involved in the 100-vehicle pile-up on the new Sheppey crossing bridge this morning.
The crash, which has been described by witnesses as "carnage," has left at least six people seriously injured and 200 walking wounded.
But no one is believed to have died in the crash.
It started at around 7.15am and continued for 10 minutes as cars and lorries crashed into each other in visibility that was down to 20 yards.
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There were reports of some motorists driving "like idiots" in the conditions before the crash that completely closed the A249 that goes over the bridge.
The scene was full of buckled cars, lorries and even a car transporter as people waited at the side of the road to receive help from the emergency services.
A Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "There are no fatalities but ambulance crews are dealing with a large number of walking wounded casualties. Firefighters have used hydraulic cutting equipment to release five people from their vehicles."
Those injured were being ferried to local hospitals including Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate.
The uninjured and the walking wounded were taken down from the bridge on the Sittingbourne side.
Kent Police said there were collisions at the top of the bridge and at the foot of the approach to it.
A spokeswoman said: "Officers are urging motorists to avoid the area but if a journey to the island is essential, the old Kingsferry Bridge remains open but expect long delays."
South East Coast Ambulance Service said it was dealing with a major incident and has deployed its hazardous area response teams (HART) to the scene.
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