Winter weather in Germany: numerous accidents on slippery roads

As of: December 27, 2021 11:41 a.m.

On many roads it is currently said: drive carefully. The German Weather Service warns of slippery ice. There have already been accidents in several federal states, but most of them turned out to be mild.

Slippery roads and freezing wetness have led to numerous accidents in several federal states since Sunday evening. So far, however, it has mostly been with property damage.

The German Weather Service (DWD) warns of slippery ice. A warning applies to North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse, Bavaria, Thuringia, Saxony, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saxony-Anhalt, among others. In Brandenburg, too, the DWD advises avoiding driving if possible.

Winter service in continuous use

In Saxony, according to the police, there were more accidents in the morning hours, especially in the districts of Zwickau and Leipzig. Four cars were involved in an accident on the B93 near Zwickau: They either landed in the guardrail or in the ditch. In the city of Leipzig itself, there were accidents on the mirror-smooth streets. But nobody was seriously injured. The motorway police in Leipzig and at the Hermsdorfer Kreuz in Thuringia shared the MDR Withthat the winter service is in constant use and leaches the lanes.

In the Bavarian Upper Palatinate, too, the sheet metal damage remained when a truck crashed into the guardrail on the A93. The motorway had to be completely closed at times near Weiden. In Lower Saxony, the police reported a number of minor accidents. Parts of the districts of Göttingen and Hameln-Pyrmont were particularly affected.

In Thuringia, there were several minor accidents on the A71 near Erfurt and on the A9 near Schleiz. Cars slid off the streets, crashed into other parked vehicles, or damaged the neighbor’s garden fence. In Erfurt there were delays in bus traffic and in the operation of the trams. Buses could no longer approach some stops.

More than 35 accidents in East Westphalia-Lippe

The police in North Rhine-Westphalia also reported disabilities in the morning rush hour traffic due to the slipperiness. Mainly side streets were therefore covered by a layer of ice.

In the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region, emergency services had to go to more than 35 accidents on Sunday evening, like the one WDR reported. Four people were therefore slightly injured.

Danger of slipperiness partly until Tuesday

According to the DWD, slippery ice was to be expected in central Germany until mid-morning. In a strip from southern Lower Saxony via Saxony-Anhalt, Thuringia and western Saxony to the eastern low mountain ranges and in parts of Bavaria, this risk even persists until Tuesday.

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