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Seven including baby die in autobahn smashes

The Local · 10 May 2011, 16:17

Published: 10 May 2011 16:17 GMT+02:00

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Three adults and the child were killed on the A3 between Rüsselsheim and Cologne when their car was shoved under a truck by another vehicle as it approached a service station.

Rhineland police said they were still trying to figure out what caused the minibus to smash into the car, pushing it with ‘considerable force’ under the trailer of the truck.

A spokesman said the car was so badly crushed in the accident that there was no way anyone inside could have survived. The identity of those involved has not yet been determined.

Three young men were killed in a separate incident on the A4 near Hermsdorf Ost in Thuringia. A police spokesman in Gera said one young man died at the scene while two others died shortly afterwards in hospital. They were in a car with two other young men who survived the crash but were seriously injured.

Their car came off the road, smashed into the ditch and was catapulted back onto the road, where it came to a halt. The three who died, aged 20, 21 and 23, were thrown out of the car during the crash while the 19-year-old driver and a 17-year-old remained in the car and survived.

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16:42 May 10, 2011 by FredFinger
Its absolutely heartbreaking when kids are injured or killed in motor accidents.
16:51 May 10, 2011 by Gretl
Sounds like seatbelts saved the lives of the 19 and 17 year olds. It is such a dangerous time in young men's lives, if they can just get through that testosterone storm between 17-21 years of age.
19:42 May 10, 2011 by Lisa Rusbridge
Out of curiosity if the driver of the vehicle who shoved the car into the truck with such force causing the 4 people in the vehicle to die is found to be negligent will they be charged with manslaughter? From so much that I read It seems like causing death and harm to others in Germany is met with a slap on the wrist by the judicial system.
23:10 May 10, 2011 by supermc
Anyone that drives the car in front of them with such force into the back of a trailer killing 3 people, should be jailed for life, for not keeping a proper distance on the motor way.and for not taking due care and attention while driving, the poor little baby,i hope they didn't suffer.RIP.
11:08 May 13, 2011 by ame64
Such a tragedy, my prayers go out to the poor family.

As for the driver guilty, well we know nothing will happen to him. The German judicial system is a joke and terribly soft. Especially to the ones causing the "crime".
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