Icy road conditions create chaos and kill 7

Extremely icy streets caused hundreds traffic accidents, several severe injuries and even seven deaths across Germany during rush hour traffic, police reported on Monday.

Icy road conditions create chaos and kill 7
Photo: DPA

The states of North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony-Anhalt, Baden-Württemberg, Saxony, and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania saw the most accidents.

In Rheinfelden in the state of Baden-Württemberg, a 64-year-old man on a motor scooter died after wrecking on a steep and icy street. In Schwörstadt a 37-year-old Swiss man sustained serious injuries when he skidded into a steel guardrail, which broke and bored through his windshield.

Meanwhile two young drivers in Griesingen in Baden-Württemberg hit head on at high speed, leaving an 18-year-old and her 20-year-old friend with life-threatening injuries. More than 20 other people were seriously injured after more than 250 accidents on the state’s slippery streets.

An Altenkirchen mother and her 10-year-old daughter died in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate when a 22-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle while passing the pair. Their car crashed into several trees and the child was thrown through the windshield and died later in the hospital, police said. Her mother died on the scene and the other driver and his female passenger were seriously injured. Police said they responded more than 100 other accidents in the area.

Several other tree collisions were reported across the country, including Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania where two people died after hitting trees.

A 78-year-old driver died in the state of Saxony after he collided with a large truck near Böhlen.

Another driver died in on the A9 motorway in the state of Saxony-Anhalt also hit truck, critically injuring his passenger.

In Hamburg fire department workers had to free an injured woman from from her car after an accident. Police responded to at least 100 ice-related accidents in the states of Hamburg and North Rhine-Westphalia, though most were without injury.

A 24-year-old Bavarian man had to swim to safety after an icy street landed him in the nearby Vils river, police said, adding he’d been driving too fast.

In Hesse some 17 people were injured while driving in similar conditions.

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Weather: Germany sees extreme heat and storms

An extreme heat warning was in place for eastern Germany on Monday, while storms were also set to hit the country.

Weather: Germany sees extreme heat and storms

The German Weather Service (DWD) said temperatures could reach 36C on Monday. 

In the morning, the DWD issued an extreme heat warning for eastern regions, as shown below in the map. 

Map of Germany shows the heat warning in the east on Monday June 27th.

Photo: German Weather Service (DWD)

Forecasters said later on Monday, the south and east of the country would be hit by thunderstorms as well as large hailstones, strong winds and heavy rain.

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In the north, west and centre of Germany, forecasters predicted clouds and some showers. Over the course of Monday, heavy thunderstorms with heavy rain, hailstones and strong winds are also possible in the north.

“Thunderstorms have occurred in the past few days and will continue in the coming days, as the established weather situation will remain virtually unchanged,” said a spokesperson from the DWD. 

However, the large temperature differences are striking: in the west of Germany, the mercury will only reach just above 20C in places.

Overnight to Tuesday, the DWD predicts thunderstorms – some of them heavy – from the Baltic Sea to the Alps, and later there is set to be more showers. It could still reach 28C in some places, especially in the east.

The DWD said: “The risk of thunderstorms will remain in the southern half of the country, while the northern half will calm down after the last thunderstorms have moved to Poland.

“This will change again on Wednesday night, when showers and thunderstorms, some of them thundery, as well as heavy rain will make their way north. On Wednesday, it will be quite unsettled with muggy temperatures almost all over the country.”

Forecasters said the weather will remain changeable for the rest of the week, but it should become more settled from next weekend.