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Heavy fog and snow cause huge autobahn pile-up in Bavaria

DDP/The Local · 12 Mar 2010, 13:54

Published: 12 Mar 2010 08:51 GMT+01:00
Updated: 12 Mar 2010 13:54 GMT+01:00

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The cars and trucks were unable to avoid the pile-up, which spanned a one-kilometre stretch of the motorway near Augsburg around 7 am, police said. Major delays were expected as authorities shut down both directions of the autobahn for clean-up. The closure means those heading into the state’s capital of Munich on that road will have to find an alternate route.

One eyewitness said the scene was “absolute chaos” and looked like a junkyard.

“We had very bad visibility, ice was not the main cause of the accidents,” a police officer said.

Police reported that about 80 people were hurt in the accident, 17 of whom were transported to nearby hospitals for severe injuries. Almost 200 rescuers were on hand and set up heated tents to conduct medical exams and treat the wounded.

Meanwhile another 20 vehicles were part of other accidents on a county road between Hunderdorf and Hermannsdorf in the Straubing-Bogen county. Police said driving conditions there were extremely icy and closed the road following three injuries resulting from the accidents.

Up to 30 centimetres of snow is expected in many parts of the country over the weekend, the German Weather Service (DWD) reported this week.

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13:50 March 12, 2010 by The-ex-pat
"Heavy fog and snow cause huge autobahn pile-up in Bavaria"

No, not correct. Just because it is printed on the side wall of your tyres that you can do 190 kph, does not mean to say you can. Heavy fog and snow never cause accidents. The inability to drive within the traffic or weather conditions is the cause of accidents. Stop blaming the innocent weather!
13:52 March 12, 2010 by wolfer
On the other hand, it's sunny and warm here in Arizona!
22:52 March 12, 2010 by mixxim
What silly billies they are. Their insurance companies should increase their premiums. Perhaps the police could also prosecute some for driving carelessly? The germans are the only race who still consider it a human right to use the roads as racetracks. This kills many more than America's right to have guns,
02:24 March 13, 2010 by cklb
@mixxim> I agree on that cars probably cause more deaths in Germany than guns here in US. However, that is not because some parts of the Autobahn are without speed limit but mainly because of some idots that are not able to drive, as "The-ex-pat" so nicely stated. If you know what you are doing, you can drive at 200km/h. You will have a higher risk than at 150k's but if you generally adjust your speed according to the condiions probably much less risk than if you are not adjusting to the conditions. As you can see in the picture above, there are quite a few trucks involved in that crash. As far as I know they are limited to 100kmh by the legislation, so speed wasn't the issue, but the missing capability to adjust to conditions. And that's rather because we got all that finely tuned speedlimits in Germany that are supposed to reduce risk, but they also reduce the ability to judge road conditions one ones own...
09:20 March 13, 2010 by mixxim
I am sure you are right, however each one of those involved in the accident thought he was able to drive well and that others were less able. What criteria does one use to decide who can drive safely at 200kpm? Can M. Schumacher? OK some can drive safely at high speeds on racetracks, but confronted with Granny Schmidt pulling out at 100 to overtake, can anyone be said to be safe at 200.

(I love riding my motorbike at its max speed, perhaps everyone else needs training!!!)
10:12 March 13, 2010 by DepotCat
mixxim wrote:

"The germans are the only race who still consider it a human right to use the roads as racetracks."

You havn't been to the UK then..?

Some kid killed himself and his girl friend on a suburban road where I live in West London...He hit a tree and the car folded up on itself. He was estimated to be travelling at 70 MPH on a road that is set at 30 MPH.

While there are speed restrictions on the U.K's roads,motoring organisations are complaining that speed cameras are raking in a fortune because of drivers speeding. Drivers just don't seem to be capable of adhering to speed restrctions, which are very clearly marked, and then complain when they recieve a fine and penalty points on their licence. It has also been discovered as a good way for the authorities to make loads of money...And I mean millions.
10:17 March 13, 2010 by mixxim
OK I admit it. I received a ban for a single speeding offence in Sussex at the same time and for the same speed as the Duke of Westminster (and the same fine too) neither of us caused accidents, killed anyone but our contribution in the form of higher tax caused by higher fuel consumption was not appreciated.
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