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When the killer truck ploughed through a crowd enjoying Bastille Day celebrations here killing 80 people, the bodies flew "like bowling pins along its path", a horrified witness recalled.[/caption]
When the killer truck ploughed through a crowd enjoying Bastille Day celebrations here killing 80 people, the bodies flew "like bowling pins along its path", a horrified witness recalled.
Journalist Damien Allemand was, like countless others, enjoying the fireworks at what was a laid-back evening on Thursday. He saw kids throwing rocks in the water.
Suddenly, everything went wrong.
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When he heard screams from a distance, Allemand -- who works for digital service Nice-Matin -- thought some fireworks may have gone out of control.
"A fraction of a second later, a huge white truck flew by at a crazy speed, driving over people, twisting the wheel to cut down the maximum number of people," he said, recalling those deathly moments.
"This truck of death passed a few meters away from me and I didn't realize it. I saw bodies fly like bowling pins along its path. Heard noises, screaming that I will never forget.
"I was frozen with fear," he wrote in a post.
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Frightened, Allemand briefly took refuge in a restaurant, Le Cocodile, but headed out because he needed to know what was happening.
What he saw numbed him.
"The Prom (seaside path near the beach) was deserted. Not a noise. Not a siren. Not a single car. So I crossed the traffic island to go back to the truck's path.
"I bumped into Raymond, around 50, in tears, who gasped, 'There are dead bodies everywhere.' He was right."
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Every five meters, there were bodies -- lifeless, limbs... blood.
"The beach attendants were the first on the scene. They brought water for the wounded and towels that they spread over those for whom there was no hope.
"Just then, I lost my nerve. I would have loved to help, to be of service... to do anything. But I didn't. Frozen again."
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