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Slippery roads cause several accidents
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Slippery roads cause several accidents

Published: 23 Dec 2012 11:45 GMT+01:00
Updated: 23 Dec 2012 11:45 GMT+01:00

Snow and freezing rain resulted in more than 80 car accidents in northern Germany, leaving three people slightly injured people, but causing no fatalities.

Extremely slick roads in Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein made for treacherous driving conditions early Sunday, with one accident resulting in a 14-car pile up. Several motorways were closed, at least one for nearly five hours due to the icy conditions.

Some pedestrians fared no better, with the fire department reporting that four people in Hamburg had to be taken to hospital after slipping on icy sidewalks.

Hamburg transportation officials said they had 110 trucks working the roads.

Click here for The Local's weather forecast

The freezing rain is unlikely to change to snow, as the German Weather Service is forecasting a wet, not a white, Christmas, with high temperatures between seven and 13 degrees on Christmas Day.

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Your comments about this article

13:17 December 23, 2012 by The-ex-pat
But it is printed on the side of my winter tyres I can do 180 kph........................
15:24 December 23, 2012 by Englishted
@ The-ex-pat

You can but normally only once,and don't try reading the tyre wall while you are doing it .
17:12 December 23, 2012 by raandy
No problem , Iam good ,I can handel it !
07:36 December 24, 2012 by Anny One again
I wish you all a merry Christmas !

And if you have to drive,drive carefully !!!
07:54 December 24, 2012 by IchBinKönig
Ho, Ho, Ho !!! Merry Xmas, theLocal!

Even if I do hope some of you would wrap your car around a pine tree:) And a Happy New Year !!!
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