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Drunken lorry driver ploughs into dozens of cars in Bavaria

A lorry driver under the influence of alcohol rammed into over 30 cars and caused a house fire in Germany's Bavaria region on Tuesday evening, injuring himself and two others.

Damaged vehicles on a street in Fürth after a truck driver hit several parked cars.
Damaged vehicles on a street in Fürth after a truck driver hit several parked cars. Photo: picture alliance/dpa/vifogra | Friedrich

The 50-year-old driver “missed a red light and hit a passenger car at a crossing”, leaving the female driver with slight injuries, police in the city of Fürth said in a statement on Wednesday.

Without stopping after the first accident, the lorry driver “rammed several parked cars” pushing them ahead of him and, in some cases, against the walls of neighbouring houses.

After the collisions, the lorry, a number of cars and the facade of a house caught fire. Local firefighters intervened to put the blaze out and evacuate the residents of the house.

The truck driver himself and a passer-by suffered light injuries.

The damage caused by the incident was liable to be “immense”, the police force in Fürth, to the west of Nuremberg in Bavaria, said.

The driver was arrested on site and was “clearly very drunk”, police said.

The local prosecutor’s officers ordered the detention of the lorry driver, who does not have a fixed residence in Germany.

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  1. The local prosecutor’s officers ordered the detention of the lorry driver, who does not have a fixed residence in Germany.

    This will come as a surprise to zero people.

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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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