Injuries as trucks, cars pile up on A15

4th March 2005, Comments 0 comments

4 March 2005, AMSTERDAM — Dozens of cars and trucks were involved in chain collisions in thick mist on the A15 motorway on Friday morning, with an unknown number of people reported injured. At least three trucks were reportedly involved in the accident and one of the trucks burst into flames. Emergency services are having trouble reaching the scene, news service nu.nl reported.

4 March 2005

AMSTERDAM — Dozens of cars and trucks were involved in chain collisions in thick mist on the A15 motorway on Friday morning, with an unknown number of people reported injured.
 
At least three trucks were reportedly involved in the accident and one of the trucks burst into flames. Emergency services are having trouble reaching the scene, news service nu.nl reported.

The accidents occurred near Andelst on the Nijmegen-bound lanes and the motorway was closed off from the Deil junction. An 11km traffic jam developed and motorists were being diverted via Utrecht.

Dutch motorists association ANWB had earlier warned motorists of very thick fog, reducing visibility in some places to just 50m. The mist was spread right across the country, except in the southern province of Limburg.

And further snowfalls are forecast to spread across the country throughout Friday and the ANWB is expecting a busier than normal evening peak-hour period. The mist is expected to lift throughout the course of the day.

The national police force KLPD had earlier said the traffic situation on Friday was "remarkably untroubled".

It appeared that many motorists had opted for public transport, to work from home or to take the day off and there were very few accidents on motorways and very few traffic jams.

Only the mist was causing problems. But the ANWB had also said a large number of motorists reported problems starting or unlocking their cars due to freezing temperatures.

Meteorology bureau KNMI said temperatures of minus 10 to 15 degrees Celsius were reported across the country. The coldest March temperature in 150 years was recorded in Marknesse in Flevoland, with a recording of minus 20.7 degrees.

It comes after the heaviest snowfalls in 50 years were reported across the Netherlands this week due to a low pressure system coming to a standstill above the country.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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