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Two dead in massive Brandenburg pileup

The Local · 23 Nov 2011, 07:35

Published: 23 Nov 2011 07:35 GMT+01:00

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The pileup on the stretch of autobahn between Marzehns and Niemegk Tuesday evening involved eight trucks and 16 cars and happened amidst fog and blinding smoke emanating from a nearby warehouse that was gutted by fire.

It all began with a collision between two cars shortly before 7:30 pm, but soon a truck trying to avoid the accident site tipped over.

Before long, a series of vehicles had crashed into each other, with some so tightly wedged together that rescuers had trouble getting into them.

Debris ended up in the opposite travel lanes and oranges, lemons and vegetable crates littered the motorway.

The authorities said the two dead were found in cars. The situation was so horrific that the fire fighters, many of them volunteers, had to be counselled.

Police are now investigating the details of the accident and the highway is expected to continue to be blocked until sometime Wednesday morning.

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A similar pileup last Friday near Münster left three people dead.

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Your comments about this article

14:49 November 23, 2011 by nolibs
At first I thought this might be caused by one of those idiots that slams on his brakes as soon as he sees a speed limit change.
17:12 November 23, 2011 by laurencelewis
People drive too fast on the Autobahn, Germany needs a speed limit.
19:27 November 23, 2011 by rfwilson
@ laurencelewis

Rubbish! The problem here was people not slowing down in the fog. A speed limit would be useless to prevent this. The fact is, that statistics have shown for years that the fatality rate on Germany's Autobahnen is LOWER than in the US and Canada with their often absurdly low speed limits.
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