Key German Autobahn blocked after truck blaze

16th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

16 July 2004 , BERLIN - A major highway linking Berlin with western Germany was blocked Friday and expected to remain closed for at least several days after a truck crashed and burned under a bridge. The accident on the A2 Autobahn highway in Braunschweig left one person dead and two badly injured after a truck crashed into a wall under a bridge and caught fire. Heat from the blaze was so intense that the large sections of the concrete overpass crumbled, leading to fears the entire structure could collapse

16 July 2004 

BERLIN - A major highway linking Berlin with western Germany was blocked Friday and expected to remain closed for at least several days after a truck crashed and burned under a bridge.

The accident on the A2 Autobahn highway in Braunschweig left one person dead and two badly injured after a truck crashed into a wall under a bridge and caught fire.

Heat from the blaze was so intense that the large sections of the concrete overpass crumbled, leading to fears the entire structure could collapse.

Police said the A2 was blocked in the direction from Berlin to western Germany but that east-bound lanes were open. Travellers going to Berlin were advised to make a big detour.

The A2 runs from Berlin via Hanover into the densely populated industrial Ruhr Valley and is one of Germany's most heavily-used transit routes for trucks moving freight to and from central and eastern Europe.

Many sections of the German Autobahn have no speed limits. The driver of the truck which crashed told rescuers that a technical defect with his steering system had caused the accident.

DPA

Subject: German news

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