23-tonne granite block falls onto motorway in Hesse

23-tonne granite block falls onto motorway in Hesse
The large granite block which caused chaos on the motorway on Wednesday evening. Photo: DPA
There was an emergency situation on the Autobahn 45 at Dillenburg, Hesse yesterday evening when a 23-tonne granite block fell from a low-bed truck onto the road.

The block must not have been sufficiently secured as it slipped off the back of the truck and travelled for 70 metres before it came to a stop, according to a police spokesman on Thursday. The 22-year old driver of the truck suffered from shock.

The driver was on the motorway on Wednesday evening when a car and a lorry wanted to pull onto the road just in front of her at the Dillenburg exit.

According to the police spokesman, she couldn’t prevent emergency braking when the car and the lorry pulled in front in front of her, and her low-bed truck jackknifed because of the sharp braking.

The drivers of the car and the lorry simply drove away.

The motorway had to be closed for several hours to clean up after the incident. The granite block had torn through a crash barrier among other things, said the police spokesman.

The police will now investigate both the drivers who escaped the scene, and the low-bed driver who possibly failed to sufficiently secure the granite block onto her vehicle.

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  1. I’m not sure how they propose to secure a granite slab that weighs about five times as much as the truck and flatbed.

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