The worst Motorway pile-up known in Britain occurred early on Monday morning (13 Sept ) on the M-6 in Cheshire.
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Background: The worst Motorway pile-up known in Britain occurred early on Monday morning (13 Sept ) on the M-6 in Cheshire. Ten people were killed and over sixty injured, many very seriously, when more than a hundred vehicles were involved in a series of crashes in thick fog. Police officials have said the scene of destruction and injury was the worst they had known on British roads, and blamed drivers for travelling too quickly and too close behind other vehicles in the poor visibility conditions. A large transporter crashed into the back of anther stationery one and chain reaction began as following motorists and truck drivers ploughed into the back of each other leaving a trail of tangled wreckage over a distance of more than two miles.
SYNOPSIS: Ten people were killed and over sixty injured, many very seriously, when more than 100 vehicles crashed into each other in thick fog on Monday morning, on Britain's M-6 u Motorway in Cheshire.
The series of accidents began after one large transporter had crashed into the back of another, and following cars and trucks had ploughed into the trail of wreckage which eventually spread over two miles of the motorway.
Teams of rescue workers and volunteers had difficulty assisting the injured, and in disentangling the grossly distorted wrecks before the motorway could be re-opened.
Police officials commenting at the scene of the mass pile-up said it had been the worst yet on British motorways. They blamed motorists for travelling too quickly for the bad conditions, and too closely behind other vehicles.