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Icy roads cause series of accidents

AFP/DDP/The Local · 29 Dec 2009, 12:14

Published: 29 Dec 2009 12:14 GMT+01:00

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According to a police spokesman, a 30-year-old man died on Monday night in the Heinsberg area of North Rhine-Westphalia after losing control of his car and colliding with trees at the side of the road.

In the small town of Hamminkeln, a 27-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries after the car driven by his 25-year-old companion hit a tree. The collision was violent enough to cause the car to spin round and slide into another tree on its passenger side.

The 27-year-old had to be cut from the wreckage, before he and the driver, who also suffered serious injuries, were taken to hospital. The police reported several other accidents in the state caused by icy roads, and warned drivers to exercise special caution.

Extremely low temperatures and high air moisture also caused icy streets on Monday night in Hamburg, where 120 winter service trucks have been dropping salt down since 2 am.

Despite the dangerous conditions, the German Automobile Association (ADAC) announced Tuesday that the number of people killed in road accidents in Germany fell this year to its lowest level since records began in 1950.

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It estimated 4,080 people died on German roads in 2009, down by nine percent from the previous year.

AFP/DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

23:39 December 29, 2009 by wxman
"Icy roads cause series of accidents." Really? I had no idea.
11:05 December 30, 2009 by The-ex-pat
I have had to work all over the Christmas period. I drive 50 km to and from work. During this time, I have had to drive in everything from black ice to 15 cm of snow. I have been flashed, tail-gated and overtaken by drivers who seem to think I was driving too slowly. I only assume they smear a good coat of Evostick on their tyres at the beginning of each journey, but there is really no need to is there!........................after all it says you can do 190 kph, just read the side of your winter tyres....Doh!!!!!!
12:18 January 6, 2010 by siastar75
Had an accident 12/27. Hit some black ice went off the road and my car flipped over. Lucky to walk away. Don't ever want to experience that again!

I was only going about 60kph and had good winter tires. I think I'm going to avoid driving as much as possible until it warms up some!
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