AFTER severe weather conditions hit Virginia in the USA on Sunday, 69 drivers found themselves involved in a massive pile up on the interstate. Taking place around 50 miles east of Richmond, the crash caused mass devastation on the roads. The accident was said to leave some cars so tightly compacted together that emergency responders had to step from car to car in order to remove people.
At the time, the accident was so bad that both sides of the interstate had to be closed as emergency services dealt with the aftermath.
Fifty-one people were treated at the scene or taken to hospital, including two who are in critical condition, said Steve Kopczynski, fire chief of York County.
Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya said authorities do not know what caused the initial crash, but that fog and ice were factors.
The news of the major crash comes as London experienced its own horror crash killing a 26-year-old woman and injuring three others as a National Express coach collided with a car.
The two vehicles were engulfed in flames after the fatal collision, which involved a National Express coach and a Zipcar.
Transport for London said: “Queenstown Road is blocked in both directions between Queens Circus and Chelsea Bridge due to a collision and subsequent vehicle fire.”
A Met Police statement said: “Officers, London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade attended the scene.
“One occupant of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. Another occupant of the car is being treated at the scene.”
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“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the occupant of the car, who sadly passed away.”
Zipcar said they were “shocked and saddened” by the crash, confirming they were working with Met Police into their investigation.
London Ambulance crews confirmed three ambulance crews and an advanced trauma team were all rushed to the scene.
A spokesperson said: “Despite the best efforts of our medics, one patient sadly died at the scene.
“We took a second patient to a major trauma centre as a priority.
“We treated two further patients for minor injuries: we took one of them to hospital and the other was discharged at the scene.”
Following the incident, police shut Queenstown Road in both directions between Queens Circus and Chelsea Bridge.
London Fire Brigade confirmed crews from Chelsea and Lambeth both rushed to the scene.
A spokesman said: “We were called to a car in collision with a coach.
“The car and the coach were completely destroyed by fire.”