Status: 30.08.2023, 10:47 a.m.
By: Vivian Werg
On Tuesday, several gas cylinders explode on a truck © on the A2 Cevin Dettlaff / dpa
A serious rear-end collision causes several explosions. Even hours later, the police were initially unable to enter the scene of the accident.
Theeßen – A serious rear-end collision occurred on the A2 in Saxony-Anhalt on Tuesday (29 August), in which several gas cylinders exploded on a truck. According to the Magdeburg police department, at least two people were killed. This is reported by the German Press Agency (dpa). According to initial findings, the two fatally injured were two truck drivers. Whether there are any other deaths is still unclear.
According to the report, toxins were released during the collision, which is why a blocking radius of 650 meters around the accident site was required. This made the deployment of the rescue forces more difficult and was also the reason why the salvage work could not be started at first. In addition, as reported by the daily newspaper Volksstimme, an official warning about a chemical hazard was issued. Residents in the area were called upon to keep windows and doors closed.
Accident on the A2: Truck driver has apparently overlooked the end of a traffic jam at a construction site
Certain driving behaviors of other road users on the highway can be a test of patience and sometimes lead to traffic accidents. Rear-end collisions in particular are unfortunately not uncommon and, according to the Automobil-Club Verkehr (ACV), they are among the most common traffic accidents in Germany. A brief moment of carelessness can trigger a chain reaction and end in a serious mass collision. This is what is said to have happened on Tuesday on the A2.
On Tuesday, several gas cylinders exploded on a truck on the A2 between Theeßen and Burg in Saxony-Anhalt in a rear-end collision. © Dpa
According to initial investigations and witness statements, the driver of a dangerous goods transporter overlooked the end of a construction site on Tuesday afternoon between the Theeßen and Burg-Ost junctions and drove up. Three trucks were pushed into each other in front of him. A fifth truck loaded with pressure vessels (nitrous oxide) crashed into the other trucks, causing several explosions and causing a fire. Motorists fled their cars and took refuge from burning, flying material. "It was like an earthquake. And we just said, run to the back and get to safety. Leave the car," said an eyewitness. At the beginning of August, a serious truck accident occurred on the A7.
A2 still closed – commuters have to plan longer travel times
After the serious accident on the A2, the road was fully closed in both directions – even on Wednesday morning, the closure continued. It is not yet known how long the route will have to remain closed. According to MDR information, the police, fire brigade and towing companies will discuss how to proceed on Wednesday. It is also still unclear to what extent the roadway was damaged.
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If you can, you should avoid the area around the A2 on the advice of the police. As a result, commuters must expect traffic disruptions and diversions, as well as longer travel times. Just a few days ago, a serious accident occurred on the A60, where a truck driver caused traffic chaos.