One person died on Monday morning in a pileup involving around twenty vehicles on the A72 north of Saint-Etienne (Loire).
This accident could possibly be linked to the ice and caused the closure of a portion of this highway, we learned from the firefighters and Vinci Autoroutes.
The provisional toll is one dead, three people in absolute emergency and four in relative emergency, according to the Departmental Fire and Rescue Service (SDIS), which sent 80 firefighters to the scene in 35 vehicles.
Ten vehicles involved
The accident took place near Veauchette, in the direction of Saint-Etienne, between a heavy goods vehicle and several cars.
🔴 The #firefighters intervene for a road accident on #A72 direction Clermont / Saint-Étienne before the toll of Veauchette.
90 #firefighters, 41 machines including 12 ambulances on site.
⚠️ Motorway cut in both directions, avoid the sector, release emergency access, be careful on the road.
- Firefighters of the Loire / SDIS 42 (@sdis42) December 5, 2022
The A72 has been cut off to traffic in both directions for around 6:40 a.m. between exits number 7 (Montbrison) and number 8 (Andrézieux-Bouthéon), specifies the manager Vinci Autoroutes, and should remain so for several hours.
Bison Futé warned for his part of the risk of ice on the road.