2023 Author: Eric Donovan | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 15:44
There was a pile-up on the A31 near Gronau on Friday evening. Three people died and 35 were injured. The motorway will remain closed until Saturday afternoon.
Three dead, 35 injured, 52 vehicles wedged together - the Autobahn 31 near Gronau in Münsterland is like a field of rubble. Why the cars would snap into each other on Friday evening between Heek and Gronau-Ochtrup in the direction of Emden was not yet clear on Saturday. «The fact is that there were banks of fog. Whether they were the cause, the investigation must show,”said police spokesman Jan Schabacker of the dpa.
The A 31 is therefore closed in both directions at least until the afternoon. On Saturday morning, five people died in a head-on collision on the B 258 in Aachen. This may have been caused by excessive speed.
Accident site on A31 several hundred meters long
The scene of the accident on the A31 extends over the entire width of the lane over a length of several hundred meters. Many of the injured were trapped in their cars, but could be freed, the police said. Rescue helicopters could not be used because of the fog. Rescue workers from all over the Münsterland were on duty.
The accident happened around 7.15 p.m. The dead are a woman and two men. The injured were treated on site by emergency doctors and then driven to the surrounding hospitals. The accident with five dead in Aachen occurred around 1:20 a.m. when two cars collided head-on on Bundesstraße 258. Two people were seriously injured. Fog cannot have been the cause. "Here it was clear," said police spokesman Paul Kemen on Saturday the news agency dpa. An expert now clarifies whether one of the cars was driving far too fast.
Lost control of car
The police said that a 24-year-old driver has probably lost control of his car and got into oncoming traffic. The driver himself, a 19-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were killed in his car, and a 20-year-old passenger suffered serious injuries. The driver and passenger of the oncoming car, a 47-year-old man and a 45-year-old woman, were also killed instantly. A 32-year-old woman was seriously injured.
The injured, the witnesses, the helpers and the police were looked after by three emergency chaplains because of the terrible scenes, said Kemen. (dpa)