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Car ploughs into crowd injuring 11 people

The Local · 22 Jul 2011, 16:01

Published: 22 Jul 2011 16:01 GMT+02:00

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A 60-year-old man was so seriously hurt that he was flown to a hospital in Duisburg in a rescue helicopter. The children who were hurt were aged four, 13 and 14, the police said.

The 22-year-old driver of the BMW car was only slightly hurt, while two witnesses were treated for shock.

A police spokeswoman told The Local the driver was in hospital as of Friday afternoon, and that it was not yet clear when he would be available to answer questions.

An investigation has been launched to determine why the driver lost control of his car and whether, for example, he was driving too fast.

The tram stop he smashed into is situated in the central strip of the road – Martin-Luther-Straße.

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17:08 July 22, 2011 by lucksi
Obviously that means we need more nude scanners and some more freedoms taken away to feel safer.
18:55 July 22, 2011 by harcourt
Germans drive far too fast, end of story. They tend to drive at the speed limit, or slightly over it, hardly ever under it.
20:16 July 22, 2011 by JohnnesKönig

Is there anyplace in the world besides Antarctica that doesn't?
21:59 July 22, 2011 by Mr Goodmorning
@JohnnesKönig Ever been to Nebraska? The speed limits there will be 75 MPH and everyone's going 60 MPH.
23:22 July 22, 2011 by lucksi
Of course we are driving over the limit. For starters, the limits are too low most of the times. Also, the fines are too low (and I say that as a constant "speeder")

If going 20 kph over the limit costs me 20 to 35 bucks depending if I do it within or outside of city limits, I will of course go 20 over the limit. Most of the time, that is the acceptable speed.

And also, if we Germans drive too fast, then why do we have less deaths on the road compared to the US? Even if you go with the deaths per 100k km driven, we are still better...
00:03 July 23, 2011 by truthbtold
Truth- Germans can drive fast because they have the infrastructure to allow them to do it safely. They have the cars which are built to allow them to do it safely. They have strict rules which prohibit them from doing idiotic things that would distract them while they drive, and they don't drive with ego like Americans. (by the way I am American) Americans on the flipside, do everything under the sun in the car except pay attention to the road and the task at hand. (talk on the phone, eat, comb hair, read, text, the list is endless. We have terrible roads in some places, bad bridges, potholes, rubber in the road from 18 wheeler blowouts, (due to re-treaded tires), debris, etc. In addition, most Americans are so nonchalant about the safety of everyone else or highway rules, you have to look out for a different kind of idiot from state to state, city to city, every time you travel. It is crazy. I felt much safer driving in Germany.
00:32 July 23, 2011 by amaticc
Rules are not guilty, but make a punishment much harder.

This guy should be forbidden to drive till end of his life, and furthermore to support injured people till FULL recovery, if there is no full recovery till entire his life.....
00:46 July 23, 2011 by zeddriver
@ truthbtold I as an American I agree 100% with you.

I for one will await the results of an investigation before putting this guy to death. His car may have had a major steering failure. Such as an idler arm.

Bye all means though. If he was at fault. THEN throw the book at him. But not before.

prayers to the effected people and their families.
07:50 July 23, 2011 by harcourt
Nothing is ever going to convince Germans that there is anything wrong in their country !!!
08:21 July 23, 2011 by ChrisRea
@ harcourt,

As all exaggerations, yours is also not true. For example, it is the Germans who coined the term "Servicewüste Deutschland". In the same time, when talking about their country, they might be considered arrogant by some, it is true. But then arrogance is something that we all witness from many non-German posters on this website. Take the examples of the ones jumping to conclusions in this thread.
09:15 July 23, 2011 by heyheyhey

You have an abundance of both. If you are so anti-German you would do us all a favor if you just stopped reading the Local.
11:19 July 23, 2011 by harcourt
ChrisRea #10

You may well be correct in the example you have quoted, but this could be grasping at straws to find an example of German self-criticism. At least you agree on their perceived arrogance by some, you only have to look at the comment after yours!!
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