Status: 29.11.2023, 15:47 PM
A road sign warns of black ice with a flashing light. © Stefan Puchner/dpa/Symbolbild
There were many crashes on Schleswig-Holstein's roads due to the wintry weather. In Hamburg, many people refrained from driving because of the snow. Caution is also advised in the coming days.
Hamburg - Cold, snow and slippery roads: In Schleswig-Holstein, the wintry weather on Wednesday led to numerous accidents with several injuries. In Hamburg, on the other hand, the traffic control center did not record more accidents. There was much less traffic on the streets because of the bad weather, said a spokeswoman. The winter service of the Hamburg City Cleaning Service (SRH) was in full operation during the night to Wednesday and in the morning. According to the German Weather Service (DWD), the weather is expected to remain wintry. For Thursday, the Verdi trade union has announced a warning strike in the wage dispute of the public service of the federal states at the state road construction and transport company in Schleswig-Holstein.
"It continues to be wintry," said a meteorologist from the DWD of the German Press Agency. "It's not going to stop anytime soon." A low pressure system is responsible for these wintry conditions. Until the weekend, it could snow locally again and again. You have to expect slippery roads. "Caution is definitely advised."
According to SRH, 725 emergency personnel with up to 280 gritting and clearing vehicles were on the road on important main roads and routes with regular bus services, among other things. In anticipation of the onset of snowfall, all emergency vehicles had already been equipped with snow ploughs the day before as a precaution.
Snowfall and slippery conditions caused numerous accidents in Schleswig-Holstein early Wednesday morning. In most cases, it has remained with sheet metal damage, as the police departments in the country announced. But there were also several injured.
The highways were also affected. For example, on the A7 northbound at the level of the Holmmoor service area, a van had driven into the median guardrail. As a result, there was another accident due to the backlog, the police said in the early morning. According to the current state of knowledge, one person was slightly injured. In addition, between Kaltenkirchen and Henstedt-Ulzburg (Segeberg district) in the direction of Hamburg, a semitrailer truck drove into the guardrail, as a police spokesman said. Initially, there was a full closure there.
In total, the police in the Segeberg district were called out 40 times due to the weather. Of these, six were on the A7, two on the A20 and one on the A21. In the district of Pinneberg, there were a total of ten deployments, including the one on the A7 near Holmmoor and two on the A23. In most cases, it was limited to property damage.
On the A1 northbound, there was an accident around 9:00 a.m. at the Bad Schwartau junction (Ostholstein district), in which a patrol car, a car and a truck were involved, according to the Lübeck police. The patrol car secured an accident that had happened two hours earlier, when a car skidded on a slippery road and crashed into the patrol car. The truck driver tried to swerve, but was unable to avoid a collision with the other two vehicles. Two policewomen and the passenger in the car suffered minor injuries.
In the northern part of the country, there were 52 weather-related operations from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning, according to the Flensburg police department. Most of the accidents occurred in the district of Schleswig-Flensburg. In Meyn and Selk, two people were slightly injured in accidents, two others in Rabenkirchen-Faulück near Kappeln.
Numerous accidents were also recorded in the area of the Kiel police headquarters. In most cases, vehicles veered off the slippery and snow-covered road surface and slid into ditches or crash barriers. Several trucks also stood in the way, so that some road sections, federal roads and motorways had to be temporarily closed. In most cases, however, there was only damage to the sheet metal. In Kiel, a woman was stuck on a sidewalk with her electric wheelchair. The battery stopped working due to the cold, police said. Officers took the woman to her apartment 200 meters away and towed the wheelchair away.
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There were also restrictions on public transport. In Flensburg, the city bus service was largely suspended on Tuesday evening due to weather conditions until the end of operations, as the company AktivBus announced. On Wednesday morning, the buses were running again. However, due to the road and weather conditions, there were sometimes severe delays on all lines. There were also restrictions in other cities such as Kiel and Lübeck.
In the wage dispute of the public sector of the federal states, the trade union Verdi announced a warning strike for Thursday at the state road construction and transport company in Schleswig-Holstein. Therefore, there will be "only a limited winter service" on that day, the union announced on Wednesday in Kiel. As with past strikes, there is no emergency service agreement.
The employees of the 22 road maintenance departments in the country have been working in winter service since Tuesday evening and until Wednesday midnight to clear the roads after the onset of winter in the north, the union said. "After that, the planned warning strike will begin at 00.00 a.m."
Verdi is demanding 10.5 percent more income for employees in the public sector of the federal states, but at least 500 euros more per month. In the second round of negotiations, however, the collective bargaining union of the federal states had made it clear that it considered the demands to be far too high and unaffordable. At the third round of talks, negotiations for the approximately 7.1 million employees nationwide will continue from 1 December in Potsdam. Dpa