• Short Summary

    A spectacular pile-up on a motorway north of Paris claimed the lives of four motorists and critically injured seven others during Monday (20 October) morning's rush hour.

  • Description

    1.
    GV PAN FROM Piled-up cars on motorway TO fire blazing in distance.
    0.08

    2.
    GV & SV Firemen fighting blazing trucks. (6 SHOTS)
    0.38

    3.
    GV PAN ALONG Traffic TO car beneath truck.
    0.45

    4.
    GV PAN Police examining smouldering wreckage of vehicles. (3 SHOTS)
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    TELERECORDING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: A spectacular pile-up on a motorway north of Paris claimed the lives of four motorists and critically injured seven others during Monday (20 October) morning's rush hour.

    SYNOPSIS: A total of 20 cars and 26 lorries we were involved in the crash.

    Three of the dead were incinerated as fire spread quickly through three of the lorries.

    The crash occurred in early morning fog on the Paris to Lille motorway near Arras, about 100 miles (180 kms) north Paris.

    The stretch of motorway is notorious for accidents in fog and an enquiry has been set up to investigate how this extraordinary pile-up happened.

    Police and emergency vehicles were busy for hours cleaning up the wreckage. And the heavy peak-hours traffic was severely disrupted.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4OFE6VOMB817D86EYRC12TSNZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA4OFE6VOMB817D86EYRC12TSNZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/10/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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