Truck rollover causes delays in Amsterdam
5 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — Long traffic delays were reported on the motorways around Amsterdam during the Tuesday morning peak-hour after a truck carrying soft drink rolled over on the A2 at about 1am.
5 April 2005
AMSTERDAM — Long traffic delays were reported on the motorways around Amsterdam during the Tuesday morning peak-hour after a truck carrying soft drink rolled over on the A2 at about 1am.
The accident occurred on the Amsterdam-bound lanes at the Holendrecht junction. As work to clear the roadway extended past the peak-hour period, long traffic jams built up on the roads heading into the Dutch capital.
In particular, a traffic jam of 17km was reported on the A2 between Maarssen and Holendrecht at 8am. The Traffic Information Service (VID) was still reporting a traffic jam of 11km at 10am, news agency 'Novum' reported.
The accident blocked the link road from the A2 to the A9 for Haarlem and Schiphol-bound traffic. Motorists between Ouderkerk and the Amstel junction were also diverted.
Traffic in the direction of Schiphol and Haarlem was diverted via the A10 and the A4, but long delays were reported. Traffic jams also built up on the A1 and A6 motorways heading into the Dutch capital.
The cause of the accident is not yet known. The truck driver was trapped in the vehicle after the accident, but was later freed by fire brigade officers, RTL News reported.
Initial efforts to right the truck with its load in tact were abandoned after the vehicle started to tear apart. The soft drink bottles then had to be unloaded by hand in a time-consuming operation.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news