Apr 22, 2008

30 people injured in 116-car collision in Czech

Thirty people were injured, six of them
seriously, in a chain collision accident involving 116 cars on Thursday
in a heavy snowstorm on D1 motorway between Prague and Brno in the
Czech Republic

The injured have been rushed to the nearest hospitals.

Thousands of others were blocked in the tailbacks along the motorway.

The accident occurred between the 91st and the 134th kilometer of D1, regional rescue squad deputy head Edita Richterova said.

assisted on the spot, while several ambulances have got stuck in the
traffic jam, the Czech news agency CTK quoted witnesses as saying.

fighters and police officers also took part in the rescue operation,
while Czech Interior Minister Ivan Langer was reportedly considering
sending the military for assistance.

Queues are dozens
of kilometers long along D1, which is not only the oldest and the
longest, but also the busiest and the most dangerous motorway in the
country, the CTK said.

Up to 100,000 cars use the D1 in rush hours a day. Around 3,000accidents occur on the motorway annually.

forecast a heavy snowfall on Friday, warning of a strong southwestern
wind that could turn into a windstorm in the mountains.

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