60 Car Pile Up in Austria!

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  1. Principessa

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    I hope none of our Austrian members were involved in this!

    Mass motorway pile-up in Austria
    Snow hampered rescue efforts
    The aftermath


    A big motorway pile-up in western Austria has left one person dead and 30 injured, police say.


    The crash, involving at least 60 vehicles, was near the town of Seewalchen, on the main motorway linking Vienna and Salzburg.

    A police spokesman said that low visibility caused by a major snowstorm was to blame for the accident.
    Some victims were trapped in their vehicles, and falling snow was hampering rescue efforts.


    Helicopters attempted to land at the scene, but some had to abort the rescue mission because of the heavy snowfall.


    Around 40 Red Cross rescue vehicles have been sent to the scene, where they are working alongside the emergency services. The Red Cross said a bus was involved in the incident. At least five of the injured were in a serious condition and local hospitals have been put on stand-by to deal with the casualties.


    The motorway has been closed in both directions. This is not the first incident along this section of the motorway. The Seelwachen to St Georgen section has seen several fatal crashes, mostly because of fog, in which 10 people have died since 2002.


    Story from BBC NEWS:
    BBC NEWS | Europe | Mass motorway pile-up in Austria

    Published: 2008/03/25 16:30:53 GMT
     
  2. D_Gunther Snotpole

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    Large Pontiac Support Group?
     
  3. B_Think_Kink

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    Damn, insurance rates are going up there now.
     
  4. SpeedoGuy

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    A large, fatal pileup due to unsafe driving in inclement weather? Austrians should be made to forfeit their right to keep and bear vehicles.
     
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    Loose Snow Suppresses Grip?

    I recall this pile up crash in 1991. Not the worst ever, but ugly ...
     
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