Kent pile-up crossing reopens

Police have re-opened the A249 in Kent after about 130 vehicles were involved in a pile-up in misty conditions on the New Sheppey Crossing bridge - the largest ever fog-related crash in Britain. Eight people were seriously injured.

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Police continue to clear road after Kent pile-up

Many of the vehicles caught in what is believed to be the UK's largest fog accident have been removed as police try and clear the road.

Road cleared after Kent pile-up. Credit: ITV News/ Lucia Walker

Diversions remain in place after the crash on the on the New Sheppey Crossing bridge.

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Road cleared after Kent pile-up. Credit: ITV News/ Lucia Walker


Local MP 'had concerns' over Sheppey bridge lighting

Local MP 'had concerns' over Sheppey bridge lighting. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Conservative MP for Sittingbourne and Sheppey Gordon Henderson has said he would be talking to the authorities after a massive pile-up in Kent left eight people seriously injured, adding that he had concerns about the design of the bridge's lighting.

"I have had concerns in the past, particularly about the level of lighting on the bridge but, until we understand the cause of the accident, and what was a contributing factor, I do not want to make any further comment."

Drivers may have to pay up to £300 after Kent pile-up

Drivers involved in a massive pile-up on the Sheppey crossing in Kent are likely to be out of pocket as they faced paying the first £200 to £300 in accident claims, the president of AA said today.

Edmund King suggested that "stupid driving" from some, who could well have been travelling far too close to the vehicle in front and not using their fog lights, was a potential cause.

It's really bad to travel too close to the car in front in good conditions and if you do it in foggy conditions it's an absolute recipe for disaster. In dense fog you cannot see the brake lights ahead. By law, you don't have to have fog lights on, although it's recommended.

Many people could be out of pocket following the accident as their insurance policies could require them to pay the first £200 to £300 of a claim for a shunt-like crash.

Kent pile-up 'biggest single fog accident' in Britain

A 130 vehicle pile-up on the A249 crossing in Kent today is the biggest fog accident that Britain has ever had, a motoring expert has said.

Neil Greig, policy and research director at the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), said: "It is amazing that the same time it is also not the biggest in terms of people killed."

Biggest single fog accident that Britain has ever had, says motoring expert. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

"What seems to have happened today is that people were very lucky that the speeds were lower and there were not many HGVs in the crash", Mr Grieg said.

"There will have been good driving among all this but there will also have been some bad driving...The key thing will be to find out what caused the traffic to stop".

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