Lake of pig blood closes German highway

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9 June 2004 , HAMBURG - A major motorway in northern Germany was closed Wednesday while crews mopped up 34,000 litres of spilled pig blood, an operation that shut down traffic in both directions for hours. An early morning pileup of three trucks damaged a vent on the tanker transporting the blood, dumping the load onto the A1 motorway between Sittensen and Heidenau. The blood was being transported from the Netherlands to a disposal facility in Hamburg. A 48-year-old truck driver was slightly injured in the

9 June 2004

HAMBURG - A major motorway in northern Germany was closed Wednesday while crews mopped up 34,000 litres of spilled pig blood, an operation that shut down traffic in both directions for hours.

An early morning pileup of three trucks damaged a vent on the tanker transporting the blood, dumping the load onto the A1 motorway between Sittensen and Heidenau. The blood was being transported from the Netherlands to a disposal facility in Hamburg.

A 48-year-old truck driver was slightly injured in the pileup. Damages were estimated at EUR 180,000.

Police said a violent thunderstorm hampered efforts to mop up the spill. Traffic backed up around 20 kilometres as workers cleared the mess and reopened the highway around noon.

DPA

Subject: German news

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