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Accident involving truck full of candles closes motorway to Poland

The Local · 22 Apr 2011, 13:26

Published: 22 Apr 2011 13:26 GMT+02:00

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The huge backup near Frankfurt an der Oder signalled the start of the Easter traffic weekend in style after an accident involving three trucks closed the A12 motorway for nearly 12 hours.

One truck driver was trapped in his vehicle for nearly four hours, although was not seriously injured.

But one truck involved had been carrying a load of candles, which meant that even when the road was cleared, traffic could only drive at a maximum speed of 40 kilometres per hour.

Even after police reopened the affected stretch of road, the traffic jam continued to grow as people kept bumping into each other in the fast lane as they tried to push past the crawling vehicles.

Drivers in other areas of northern Germany also ran into problems with four kilometres of stop-and-go traffic on the northern-headed side of the Elbe tunnel in Hamburg, and up to eight kilometres of jam moving ever so slowly in the other direction.

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13:36 April 22, 2011 by dcgi
I hope they got the traffic moving again qwickly.
18:29 April 22, 2011 by Englishted
13:36 April 22, 2011 by dcgi

I hope they got the traffic moving again qwickly.

How do you more qwickly.?
19:28 April 22, 2011 by Landmine
How do you "more qwickly"?
21:43 April 22, 2011 by kega
How do more web?
00:35 April 23, 2011 by dcgi
*Wooooooosh*, get used to that sound :)
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14:44 April 24, 2011 by Englishted
00:35 April 23, 2011 by dcgi

*Wooooooosh*, get used to that sound :)

See Landmine thats "

How do you "more qwickly"?

But 21:43 April 22, 2011 by kega

How do more web?

You will have to ask a spider :)
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