Stevenage crash: 17 injured after accident at car meet as two vehicles collide and plough into crowd

Stevenage crash: 17 injured after accident at car meet as two vehicles collide and plough into crowd
Stevenage crash: 17 injured after accident at car meet as two vehicles collide and plough into crowd

Seventeen people have been injured in a car crash in Stevenage, some seriously, after vehicles collided with bystanders watching an event that had been designed to raise money for bereaved families.

The “horrific” collision, which involved two cars, took place in Monkwood Way, at around 9.45pm on Thursday night at a meet up for car enthusiasts.

Video footage shared on social media showed cars racing in both directions down the road, as groups of people stood watching from the pavements and the central reservation.

A car is seen pulling out from a side road as another speeds up behind it, hitting it from behind.

‘Serious injuries’

Police near the scene of a crash involving two cars on Monkswood Way in Stevenage. Fourteen people have been injured, some seriously, in the collision that happened at about 9.45pm on Thursday. (Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Hertfordshire Police, who were on the scene, have said up to 17 people have been injured, some seriously, but no fatalities had been reported.

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At least 12 people were taken to hospital, according to The East of England Ambulance Service, who also attended, along with the air ambulance and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Reports suggest the incident took place following a car meet, and a group called Cruise-Herts which is associated with modified cars, posted on social media on Thursday it was holding a charity event supporting bereaved parents.

One of the event’s organisers, Rix Sidhu, has said it was supposed to be a “safe space” for car enthusiasts to get together to and there has never been an incident before in its 17 years history.

“We are devastated,” he told Press Association. “We were raising money for charity, as we often do, and there was no speed element to it.

“We held the meet in a car park with a speed bump at the entrance. But unfortunately some people went a bit rogue.”

Warned not to race

Tyre marks near the scene of a crash involving two cars on Monkswood Way in Stevenage (Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Despite some critics calling those involved “boy racers”, Mr Sidhu said the event’s organisers warned people not to race on social media beforehand and tried to stop people from going out on to the road so as to not risk hurting themselves or others.

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He added: “Unfortunately, in this age of social media and Snapchat, people want to get footage and post things to their friends, which seems to drive some people to the main road.”

He now fears “we are all going to be tarred with the same brush” and “people will say we are boy racers” though they just “like cars”.

One car was driving at “at least 60 or 70mph” when it smashed into the back of the other, according to Mr Sidhu, who witnessed the incident, adding that the cars were a Nissan and a Toyota.

“The cars collided and then went into the crowd at speed,” he said.

‘Horrific’

Police near the scene of a crash involving two cars on Monkswood Way in Stevenage (Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Describing the incident as “horrific”, he said he was “thankful that nobody died”.

“There was one woman who couldn’t walk, we had to get four of us to carry her to safety,” he added.

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He said they won’t be running the events anymore.

Hertfordshire Police said in a statement: “Two cars were involved in the collision which occurred at around 9.45pm on 18 July.

“There were a number of people in the area at the time and 17 people were treated for injuries, some of which were serious.”

There have been no arrests so far but police say investigations are ongoing.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or has video footage had been asked to get in touch Hertfordshire Police.

Additional reporting by PA