Friday, November 05, 2010

Tales of the Autobahn: Part 1

Tales of the Autobahn: Accident on Autobahn A3

In "tales of the Autobahn" everyday stories of what happens on the Autobahn will be published. If driving on the Autobahn, one will encounter accidents, road works, traffic jams or just beautiful scenery's.

This episode, Guitigefilmpjes is cruising down the Autobahn A3 between Frankfurt am Main and Cologne (Köln) in Germany. As the end of the holidays are rapidly approaching, there is a lot of traffic coming from the south, transiting through Germany, towards the Netherlands. Combined with the rainy weather, aquaplaning is a dangerous situation waiting to happen.

While driving the satnav displayed a TMC-warning, informing about an accident that had happened on my route. Of the 3 lanes, 2 lanes were blocked and a traffic jam was growing rapidly. Several kilometers from the accident site the end of the traffic jam was being secured by a police vehicle, trying to prevent more accidents at the end of the traffic jam from happening. And although medical assistance rushed to the scene, by the time we passed it the cars had already moved to the hard shoulder. Cause of the accident was a too high speed in rainy condition, resulting in aquaplaning and several cars bumping into each other.

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