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Wintry weather causes road chaos

The Local · 6 Dec 2011, 15:05

Published: 06 Dec 2011 15:05 GMT+01:00

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The 35-year-old woman was badly hurt when her car slid off a road and into a tree near Calden, northern Hesse, police said. They dealt with more than a dozen accidents across the region through Monday night.

Lower Saxony’s Emsland district was hit by a serious hailstorm leading to 14 accidents within a 24-hour period on the A31 motorway between Twist und Dörpen. Two slight injuries were reported.

Four people were slightly injured after three cars they were travelling in skidded in snow and slammed into guardrails on the A27 motorway near Bremerhaven, an enclave that belongs to Bremen but is surrounded by Lower Saxony state.

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Snowy weather also caused difficult driving conditions and accidents in Bavaria and Saxony. Five people were seriously injured in car crashes in Saxony, while in Bavaria a 34-year-old man driving a tractor towing a trailer lost control on one portion of A9 motorway near Marktschorgast, and crashed down an embankment, causing more than €200,000 in damage.

North Rhine-Westphalia also had its share of traffic troubles. A vehicle skidded and plunged down an embankment near Winterberg, leaving the driver and four children aged between 9 and 14, the Rheinische Post reported.

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The German Weather Service (DWD) reported that cold and occasionally icy weather should continue through much of Germany over the next few days.

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Your comments about this article

16:18 December 6, 2011 by The-ex-pat
But it says on my winter tyres I can do 180 kph.................................................
18:04 December 6, 2011 by nolibs
@The-ex-pat - Good one!
04:18 December 7, 2011 by heyheyhey
It is easy to be a smart-ass when it is not you, or your that have been injured.

That is what I expect from the likes of some people posting here.

Happy holidays to you..........may your travel be safe and uneventful.
05:35 December 7, 2011 by Ind-Deutsche

Well said!!!
11:40 December 7, 2011 by Shiny Flu

Are you trying to say that there aren't idiots out there that don't drive safely according to road conditions?

If so I'm assuming that you're either one of them or hav enever driven on an autobahn.
12:21 December 7, 2011 by wood artist
@Shiny Flu

I think you're asking the wrong guy. You should be asking some of those 30+ drivers who managed to pile up in the fog a week ago. I suspect some of them might have some opinions on the matter.

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