Hennef Eleven people were injured in two major car accidents on the B8 near Hennef on Thursday. One accident occurred shortly after the other, with an ambulance involved in the second accident.
Eleven people were injured in two separate car accidents on the B8 near Hennef on Thursday. Shortly after 1 p.m., three cars collided on the B8 near Hennef-Raveneck. Seven people were injured - two of them seriously. A short time later in the same location, there was a major accident involving the ambulance that was responding to the first accident. It collided with a car on the B8 near Hennef-Lichtenberg for unknown reasons. Four people were injured in that crash- including two rescue workers.
A rescue helicopter was called, bringing an emergency doctor to the scene of the accident as quickly as possible so medical care could be provided to the injured.
According to police, the first accident was caused by a blue van with a trailer attached. It had been traveling in the direction of Hennef. Presumably, a strong gust of wind caught the attached trailer, causing the driver to lose control and cross into the oncoming lane. There, it collided with an oncoming black van. The trailer broke off on impact and was thrown into the ditch to the right of the roadway. This caused a blue car to lose control and collide with another car. An ambulance was called to provide medical attention to the seven persons injured.
Shortly before the rescue workers reached the scene of the accident in the ambulance, it collided with a gray car that was thought to have been coming from a side street - making it the second accident. The four injured occupants were treated on location by the emergency doctor who was flown in by rescue helicopter.
There were considerable traffic disruptions in the area until the accidents had been cleared. By 5:30 p.m., traffic had returned to normal.
(Orig. text: GA / Translation: Carol Kloeppel)