Netizen 24 GBR: Dartford bus crash: Fourteen people injured and bus driver arrested after 25 vehicle pile-up in Kent

By On May 29, 2018

Dartford bus crash: Fourteen people injured and bus driver arrested after 25 vehicle pile-up in Kent

Fourteen people have been injured and a driver has been arrested after a bus ploughed into 25 vehicles in Kent.

The driver of the bus is being held by police on suspicion of careless driving.

Dramatic images showed a trail of the destruction following the smash close the town's train station.

Kent Police and fire crews rushed to Hythe Street to reports of a multi-vehicle crash just before 7pm.

Some 25 cars were damaged in the crash (Tony Brown)

Officers said 25 cars were damaged and 14 walking wounded were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The crash involved a 480 service to Swanscombe, Northfleet and Gravesend.

Horrified witnesses described scenes of pani c and "total carnage".

Tony Brown, who saw the smash happen, told the Standard the bus appeared to “plough into cars” waiting at traffic lights on Hythe Road.

He said: “There was no visibly seriously injured people, but lots of people in shock and damaged cars.”

The crash came as huge swathes of Kent were deluged by flash floods.

Gravesend, Meopham, Strood and Doddington were particularly badly hit with images showing cars submerged and rainwater as high as the windows of some homes.

Storms and flash floods hit London and the south east

15 show all Storms and flash floods hit London and the south east

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Londoners caught in a downpour in Victoria as storms hit the capital aga in today PA

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A man jogs along the Southbank during a rain shower Getty Images

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Two people walk along the Southbank during today's deluge Getty Images

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Grim conditions: a mother shields her child from the rain Getty Images

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Londoners took shelter as storms hit the capital. There was also heavy flash flooding in Kent Getty Images

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A Londoner cowers from the thunderstorm today PA

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Brolly weather: Londoners take shelter PA

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Commuters brave the rain near Victoria station PA
9/15 People in Kent were hit by flash flooding after torrential downpours Rupert Parry

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Cars and homes were submerged in standing water Rupert Parry

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Roads became rivers after the downpour Rupert Parry

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And gardens were left unrecognisable Rupert Parry

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Motorists were left stranded on the M2 as the flooding caused severe delays Twitter/@LanderoiD

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The flooding also sparked severe disruption on roads in Sittingbourne Twitter/@Honestliars1

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There were also flash floods in Strood Twitter/@DrTardisBox

Meanwhile in Sittingbourne drivers said "every road is like a river" as traffic was brought to a standstill by the s evere conditions.

A Kent Police spokesman said: "Officers were called at 6.48pm on Tuesday 29 May to Hythe Street.

Kent flooding: Swathes of Gravesend, Strood and Meopham submerged as flash floods hit south-east England

"The South East Coast Ambulance Service and Kent Fire and Rescue Service are also at the scene.

"A total of 25 vehicles have been reported damaged. Fourteen people are reported to be walking wounded and are receiving treatment at the scene.

"A man has been arrested on suspicion of careless driving and remains in police custody."

Source: Google News

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