Nice attack: Survivor gives chilling account of 'truck of death' that passed by him

Nice: In the ' Nice Attack' when the killer truck ploughed through a crowd enjoying Bastille Day celebrations killing 80 people in the , 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.

Police officers and a soldier stand by the sealed off area of an attack after a truck drove on to the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd of revelers who'd gathered to watch the fireworks in the French resort city of Nice, southern France, Friday, July 15, 2016. A spokesman for France's Interior Ministry says there are likely to be "several dozen dead" after a truck drove into a crowd of revelers celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice. (AP Photo/Ciaran Fahey)

Reports say 80 people have been killed during the Bastille Day celebration in Nice. (AP Photo/Ciaran Fahey)


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.

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," he said.

"I bumped into Raymond, around 50, in tears, who gasped, 'There are dead bodies everywhere.' He was right. Every five meters, there were bodies -- lifeless, limbs... blood," Allemand added.

According to Allemand, 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.

Allemand wanted to help but according to his own words, "Just then, I lost my nerve. I would have loved to help, to be of service--to do anything. But I froze again."

Firstpost is now on WhatsApp. For the latest analysis, commentary and news updates, sign up for our WhatsApp services. Just go to and hit the Subscribe button.

Updated Date: Jul 15, 2016 11:43:12 IST