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GA-English on Sunday: News in Brief from Bonn and the region

GA-English on Sunday : News in Brief from Bonn and the region

A 22-year-old passenger was seriously injured in a car accident overnight and thousands protested against EU copyright reform on Saturday. Police investigate a man for endangering traffic and Astronomy on Tap will hold an event again this week, open to the public.

22-year-old seriously injured in car accident on the A560

HENNEF. Emergency vehicles were sent to the scene of a serious accident on the A560 at around 3:25 a.m. early Sunday morning near Hennef city center. The tracks left by the car indicate that the Audi had slammed on its brakes while in the passing lane, was thrown to the right side of the autobahn and eventually landed upside down next to the traffic median divider.

The entire scene of the accident stretched over more than 100 meters. The 42-year-old driver was able to free himself from the wreckage but a 22-year-old passenger was seriously injured and trapped in the severely damaged vehicle. The Hennef fire department had to use hydraulic rescue equipment to free him from the wreckage. He received medical care on location and was taken by ambulance to hospital. The 22-year-old is in critical condition.

The A560 towards Bonn was closed for hours. One person who was waiting in the backed up traffic suffered a heart attack and was transported to the hospital in a second ambulance.

Orig. text: Christof Schmoll

Thousands protest against EU copyright reform

COLOGNE. In protest against the planned EU copyright reform, tens of thousands of predominantly young people took to the streets in numerous cities across Germany on Saturday. According to the organizers, there were nearly 15,000 demonstrators in Cologne. Police put the number at around 10,000.

The protests came three days ahead of a crucial vote in European Parliament. At the heart of the controversy is the introduction of Article 13. Protestors demanded the deletion of this Article, which would mean platforms such as YouTube would already filter contents for copyrighted material upon uploading. Critics fear that this is only possible via automated filters, which could amount to censorship. Protests also took place in many other European countries, but by far the largest crowds were in Germany.

In Munich alone, according to the police, around 40,000 people took to the streets under the motto "Save your Internet".

Orig. text: dpa

Police investigate man driving into oncoming traffic

MECKENHEIM. Police are investigating an incident involving a 59-year-old man who drove several times into oncoming traffic on the L158 in Meckenheim on Thursday. He was in a silver Peugot, driving towards Rheinbach at around 2:50 p.m. when police say he drove into the oncoming lane multiple times for no apparent reason.

Oncoming vehicles had to brake and avoid the lane in order to prevent a frontal collision. He also is reported to have slammed on his brakes, bringing his car to a standstill in order to accelerate again afterwards. Rheinbach police were able to stop the car and driver. There were no indications of alcohol, drugs or other illegal substances.

On the basis of the information provided by witnesses, an investigation was initiated on suspicion of endangering road traffic. Police are now looking for anyone who may have been on the L158 that day and were put at risk by the man’s erratic driving. Witnesses are asked to call police at (0228) 1 50.

Orig. text: ga.de

Astronomy on Tap event open to the publi

BONN. On Tuesday, March 26, the public is invited to an event called Astronomy on Tap. Adrianos Golemis and MSc.Martin Quast, who work at the European Space Agency (ESA) and at the Argelander Institute for Astronomy, will discuss the topics of “humans in space and space analogues” (in English) and “big and beautiful - das turbulente Leben schwerer Sterne” ( in German).

The event is free of charge and begins at 7 p.m. at the Fiddlers Pub (Frongasse 9, Bonn-Endenich). It is part of a worldwide initiative called Astronomy on Tap, where professional astronomers explain diverse topics about the Universe in a friendly atmosphere. Organizers invite everyone to come and meet with local astronomers for some talks, quizzes and prizes.

Orig. text: ck

Translations: ck