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Bodies Flew Like Bowling Pins, Says Nice Witness
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.

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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