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HORROR SMASH

PUBLISHED: 18:07 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 09:41 23 August 2010

PEOPLE injured in a horror car smash are lucky to be alive according to one of the first witnesses on the scene, writes Martin Sawden. Paula Ryan, 61, from Gillingham, was driving on the A2 after Bean slip road, London-bound, when she saw six vehicles st

PEOPLE injured in a horror car smash are lucky to be alive according to one of the first witnesses on the scene, writes Martin Sawden.

Paula Ryan, 61, from Gillingham, was driving on the A2 after Bean slip road, London-bound, when she saw six vehicles strewn across the carriageway at 7.15am yesterday (Wednesday).

Mrs Ryan, who works in Sidcup, said: "I could see at least six vehicles, one passenger in a people carrier on the outside lane looked in a really bad way slumped forward, unconscious.

"Another car on the inside lane was so mangled I dare not look, I just made my way through the debris as best I could.

"It was awful, people were trapped inside their cars. If anyone got out of that crash alive it's a miracle."

Dartford fire crews and paramedics from South East Coast Ambulance Service arrived shortly afterwards.

Peter Richards, 65, of North Ridge Road, Gravesend said: "Paramedics were treating people in their cars and in the road and there were some lying at the side of the carriageway.

"There were bumpers, wheels, and debris strewn all over the place."

Police closed the A2 and diverted traffic towards the Dartford crossing flyover then on to Bob Dunn Way.

Witnesses saw a driving school car in the outside lane, a people carrier and a flat-bed truck. A Sainsbury's lorry on the inside lane had to be removed along with two other cars.

The incident happened at the junction with the newly opened flyover linking to the Dartford crossing.

Haydn Johns, 44, of North Ridge Road, Gravesend said: "People leave it to the last minute before they turn off, there are plenty of signs up so there is no excuse."

He said it was a notorious section for regular commuters travelling towards London.

A spokeswoman for Kent Police said: "Two people are known to have been injured but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

"A second incident involving two cars happened in the tailbacks caused by the collision but nobody was injured in this incident and the cars were quickly removed to the hard shoulder.

"The cause of the collision is not yet known."

martin.sawden@archant.co.uk

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