Saturday, 20 December 2008

Lockerbie 20 year anniversary.

21 December 1988.

Unfortunately I remember it all too well! 

We were living in Scotland at the time (I was 15) and were heading down to visit family in England for Christmas. After a while we were backed up in traffic and then the traffic stopped dead. People were getting out of their cars to find out what had happened. Someone in front of us said they had seen a fireball in the sky. Then a guy in a truck at the side of us said that he had heard on his radio that a plane had crashed on the motorway. We were all confused and anxious. Then all we heard were the sounds of the police and ambulance sirens. We all had to move to the edge of the road to let them through. After a while we were diverted off the motorway and had to go over a bridge that crossed over Lockerbie. The sight we saw will haunt me forever. All we could see was fire. Everywhere. We were just in shock and disbelief. Still not sure what exactly had happened. When we finall found out we were stunned. If we had been a few minutes ahead of schedule...... it doesn't even bear thinking about. On our return home after Christmas we had to drive past that same stretch of motorway. There was a huge crater in the road. So so sad and tragic. I can't believe it has been 20 years. My heart still goes out to the families who lost loved ones.

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