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Driver fled after causing deadly head-on crash

A driver who fled on foot after causing a multiple-car collision on a motorway in the state of Hesse has turned himself in to police. The man was driving the wrong way when he hit another car head-on, leaving one person dead and six others injured.

Driver fled after causing deadly head-on crash
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A spokesman for the police in Wiesbaden said the man, 48, was being investigated for manslaughter, not just hazardous driving.

The driver suddenly turned around in the middle of the A3 motorway near Idstein on Saturday evening. Shortly afterwards his car crashed head-on into an oncoming vehicle in the left lane.

That driver, aged 56, died at the site of the accident.

Four other cars were involved in the accident. Police helicopters equipped with infrared cameras were used in the search effort.

On Sunday morning, two people were killed in a separate incident after a man driving the wrong way struck another car on the A96 motorway between Erkheim and Stetten.

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German jailed for life in double police murder

A German man was given a life sentence on Wednesday for shooting dead two police officers to escape being caught for illegal game hunting during a routine traffic check.

German jailed for life in double police murder

The regional court in Kaiserslautern found 39-year-old Andreas Schmitt guilty of the killings in January this year, which sent shockwaves across Germany.

His co-defendant, referred to by the court as Florian V., was found guilty of abetting illegal poaching.

The 33-year-old was in the car with Schmitt when the officers discovered dead game in the boot, investigators said.

“We are all to this day horrified that a supposed routine control could turn into a fatal incident,” Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said in a statement after the verdict.

READ ALSO: German prosecutors say poaching led to double police murder

The victims were a 24-year-old woman police officer still in training and her colleague, a 29-year-old man.

The young woman was killed by a single shot to the head, while the man was shot four times, investigators said.

The officers were able to report that they were checking a suspicious vehicle and that shots were being fired before radio contact broke off.

When backup arrived, the woman was already dead and the man fatally injured. The perpetrators had fled the scene.

The crime in the Kusel district of Rhineland-Palatinate state triggered a major manhunt, with police deploying helicopters and sniffer dogs, sealing off roads and warning local residents not to pick up hitchhikers.

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