• Germany's news in English

Rhineland autobahn fire causes pile-up, kills one

The Local · 14 Feb 2012, 14:11

Published: 14 Feb 2012 10:21 GMT+01:00
Updated: 14 Feb 2012 14:11 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

The A57, a heavily used commuter route in the Rhineland, was completely closed, and will remain shut in both directions between Dormagen and Neuss-Süd until at least the weekend, the regional NGZ news portal said.

A further 16 people were injured, some seriously, and were taken to nearby hospitals. The motorway is covered with wreckage from the vehicles, which included a car transporter full of new cars.

Engineers were called to the bridge to stabilise it, as there were fears it could collapse. The police said the fire - burning plastic pipes lying on asphalt - underneath had created such a heat that large pieces of concrete had fallen from it.

“We are currently investigating who did this and how they did it,” a police spokesman told the NGZ. He said evidence had been collected from the scene which would be used in the investigation.

The A57 is one of the most important commuter routes in the Rhineland area, stretching 128 kilometres from Cologne to the Dutch border. More than 100,000 vehicles travel down parts of the route each day.

Story continues below…

The Local/hc

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

07:30 February 15, 2012 by The-ex-pat
"When smoke from a fire caused seven trucks and 15 cars to crash."---

Err, no, the smoke did not cause anyone to crash. The usual reason caused the crash, people driving too fast when they cannot see any further then the end of their bonnet. Look, there is some smoke/fog up ahead. Well Tom Cruise in Days of Thunder can drive right through, why not me too?

After all, I can steal all your money, I can sleep with your wife and your daughters, but to criticise you as a driver, well now, that is the ultimate insult............
09:17 February 15, 2012 by 1TruthTeller
The-ex-pat: Bravo! Nailed it! How many Porsche Panameras have I seen wrapped around other Porsche Panameras for those exact same reasons. Too fast, too close together, too little visibility......but I am invincible in my Porsche Panamera!
13:24 February 16, 2012 by heartland
Sounds like a couple of arrogant englishmen on here? have you no feelings for the injured people here..My wife worked in Dormagen and has many friends in the area ..While these incident s are quite frequent in and around the M25 etc ..Its not acceptable where we come from...The vandal(s) who caused the fire will be caught and dealt with hopefully..Burning at the stake may be appropriate ....................
13:58 February 16, 2012 by dbert4
I think that a black-out of news reporting from the UK is in order. This is very similar to the deviant behavior that one sees in England. In April a couple of little arsch-holes started a fire that caused a multi-car pileup on the M1.

Today's headlines
Outrage over ruling on 'brutal' gang rape of teen girl
The now convicted suspects, sitting in court in Hamburg. Photo: DPA.

A 14-year-old girl was gang-raped and left partially clothed and unconscious in freezing temperatures. Now prosecutors are appealing the sentences for the young men found guilty, most of whom will not set foot in jail.

Dozens of Turkish diplomats apply for asylum in Germany
Demonstrators holding a giant Turkish flag protest against the attempted coup in Istanbul in July. Photo: DPA.

Since the failed putsch attempt in Turkey in July, Germany has received 35 asylum applications from people with Turkish diplomatic passports, the Interior Ministry confirmed on Wednesday.

Hertha Berlin fan club criticised for 'anti-gay banner'
Hertha BSC beat FC Cologne 2-1. Photo: DPA

A 50 metre fan banner apparently mocking the idea of gay adoption has overshadowed Hertha BSC's win in the Bundesliga.

Germany stalls Chinese takeover of tech firm Aixtron
Aixtron headquarters in Herzogenrath. Photo: DPA

The German government on Monday said it had withdrawn approval for a Chinese firm to acquire Aixtron, a supplier to the semiconductor industry, amid growing unease over Chinese investment in German companies.

Politicians call for tough sentences for 'killer clowns'
File photo: DPA.

Now that the so-called 'killer clown' craze has spread from the US to Germany, elected officials are drawing a hard line against such "pranks", with some threatening offenders with jail time of up to a year.

Nearly one in ten Germans are severely disabled
Photo: DPA

New figures reveal that 9.3 percent of the German population last year were considered severely disabled.

The Local List
Germany's top 10 most surreal sites to visit
The Upside-Down House, in Mecklenburg–Western Pomerania. Photo: Olaf Meister / Wikimedia Commons

From upside-down houses on Baltic islands to a fairy-tale castle near the Austrian border, Germany is a treasure trove of the extraordinary.

Bavarian critics back Merkel for Chancellor again
Photo: DPA

The Christian Social Union (CSU) have long delayed backing Angela Merkel as their candidate for Chancellor in next year's general election. But now key leaders are supporting her publicly.

Four taken to hospital after hotel toilet bursts into flames
File photo: DPA.

Four guests at a Nuremberg hotel were taken to hospital due to smoke inhalation early Monday morning after a toilet there burst into flames.

Creepy clown scare spreads to Germany
Two of the clowns were apparently equipped with chainsaws. Photo: Pedro Pardo / AFP file picture

Police said Friday five incidents involving so-called scary clowns had occurred in two north German towns, including one assailant who hit a man with a baseball bat, amid fears that Halloween could spark a rash of similar attacks.

10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd