05/09/2013 07:18 BST | Updated 05/11/2013 05:12 GMT

Sheppey Bridge Crash: 'Mystery Lorry Driver' Hailed By Witnesses For Saving Lives

A witness has praised the action of a mystery lorry driver who may have helped stop the Sheppey bridge collision from escalating into a fatal disaster.

Chris Buckingham, a driver involved in the 130-vehicle pile up, which resulted in eight serious injuries and 60 minor ones, told Sky News a lorry driver used his truck to block the entrance to the bridge.

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"There was somebody, from what I've been told by the police there at the scene, who actually witnessed the first part of the accident, a lorry driver.

"He was going the other way and what he managed to do, which has probably saved lives, is he's gone down to the end of the carriageway, gone across the roundabout and actually blocked off the road so no more cars could actually enter the dual carriageway before the emergency services got there.

"Whoever that guy is I'd like to shake his hand because he's probably saved lives today."