Status: 02.10.2023, 05:50 a.m.
By: Stella Henrich
A German biker has fallen into a 45-meter-deep gorge in Vorarlberg in Austria. The woman survived the fall. Why she lost control of her motorcycle is still unclear.
Munich \u193 In terms of landscape, the route in the Austrian province of Vorarlberg is an experience. Many motorcyclists cruise there every year in good weather through the peaks and passes in the high mountains. However, a bridge on Faschina Straße (L 53) almost became the undoing of a German biker. The <>-year-old biker survived the accident and, according to a press release from the Vorarlberg police, was slightly injured in a hospital for further treatment. But the horror is likely to run deep not only with her, but also with her partner.
Biker falls 45 meters into the depth in Vorarlberg - In a left-hand bend, the rider slipped
On Friday (29 September), the motorcyclist and her partner were each on their own motorbike on Faschina Straße from Au in the direction of Damüls. Damüls is not only known for its snow masses among winter sports enthusiasts, but now also for its mountain swings in Vorarlberg. On the Großtobelbrücke over the Mittelobelbach, the motorcyclist slips, according to police, in the left-hand bend there with her motorcycle. The woman lost control of her bike and hit the bridge wall. Why the driver lost control, the Vorarlberg police were able to find out at the request of hna.de from IPPEN. MEDIA.
The impact must have been so violent that the Östringerin from the district of Karlsruhe in Baden-Württemberg was thrown over the bridge wall. She fell behind the bridge about ten meters deep over the embankment and then, according to the police, continued to slide over the steeply sloping terrain into the gorge, which was about 45 tenants deep.
Drama in Austria: German biker survived a fall in a gorge on the Großtobel Bridge near Au in Vorarlberg. © Maurice Shourot/APA/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk
It is almost a miracle that the biker survived the accident. According to police in Vorarlberg, she was taken to hospital with "minor injuries". The police wanted more details at the request of hna.de from IPPEN. MEDIA. According to police, the partner is said to have climbed into the gorge after the woman's fall to help his partner. Both people were then rescued by the Au Mountain Rescue with a crane. The fire brigade arrived with nine firefighters, the police were at the scene of the accident with four police officers.
German biker crashes into gorge and injures herself slightly – mostly nice weather lures the riders onto the road
It was not until May that a lot of snow fell on the mountains in Bavaria and Tyrol, as well as heavy rainfall that caused landslides in the Alps. This week, weather experts warned of a cold front rolling over Austria. It brings not only falling temperatures, but also heavy rain and thunderstorms, according to the Austrian Severe Weather Center.
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Actually, no weather for bikers, who are usually lured out onto the road when the weather is nice – thickly packed in leather clothes. But if it rains suddenly, and the asphalt is no longer as grippy as it is when the sun is shining, bikers should slow down and adapt their riding style to the weather.
"The probability of being injured as a motorcyclist in a traffic accident is therefore enormously high," warns the police. The main causes are individual driving style, excessive speed, distance violations and errors when overtaking. Drivers should therefore ensure that protective clothing is intact. This is part of good protective clothing. In addition, bikers should be well prepared for their ride through the terrain, valleys and mountains as well as passes in terms of riding technique. (sthe)