Published: 17:06, 02 September 2020
| Updated: 19:02, 02 September 2020
A driver, nicknamed 'Lucky' by his work colleagues, has described his narrow escape from serious injury when a cement mixer ploughed into eight cars.
Tim Rogers was queuing in traffic waiting to go through road works in Cuxton when the truck lost a tyre and smashed into vehicles waiting at a red light this afternoon .
The 54-year-old said cars were "flying everywhere" when the yellow-liveried cement mixer came barrelling down the road straight towards him.
Mr Rodgers was in his white LDV Maxus van travelling north towards the Medway Towns when the truck travelling in the opposite direction lost control and careered into the stationary cars.
Fortunately it managed to swerve around Mr Rogers's van.
“We were stationary in traffic. I looked up and the next thing I saw was the lorry coming full on towards us," the IT manager from Borden, near Sittingbourne said.
"He was probably doing 40mph but I would expect someone to be slower than that over the hill in a cement truck.
“He came across the road. I just saw it coming towards me. He hit a couple of cars then went round me and took a couple of cars out behind me. He’s gone through the trees and ended up down there.
“You could say I was lucky. They call me Lucky at work but they’ll have to start meaning it now.
“It was over so quickly. It was just cars flying everywhere. I’m a bit shaken up - a bit wobbly - but I’m OK. Tonight might be the problem when I try to sleep."
A spokesman for the ambulance service confirmed five patients were taken to Medway Maritime Hospital but nobody had suffered serious injuries.
Firefighters had to rescue one person trapped in their car after it was pushed on to its side by the impact.
Police said nine vehicles - including the cement mixer - were involved in the incident which took place shortly after 1pm.
Mr Rogers added: “There were surprisingly few injuries. A lady had to be cut out of the white car and had a few cuts and bruises. "The guy walked out of the blue car. I think he’s gone for checks but I think he was fine. That’s as far as I can say.
“It was all minor injuries. There was concern for the lady who was cut out.”
VIDEO: Cars damaged and several injured after cement mixer crashes into row of vehicles
Badly damaged cars being recovered this afternoon included a black Tesla, a blue Punto, a white Peugeot and a black BMW.
Police spokesman James Walker said: "Kent Police was to a collision involving nine vehicles on the A228 in Cuxton.
"Officers attended the scene alongside Kent Fire and Rescue Service and South East Coast Ambulance Service. At present, there are no reports of serious injuries."
The road was reopened in both directions at about 6.30pm.