Austria weather chaos: 100 vehicle pile-up on motorway A1, 1 dead, 14 injured. Tunnel accidents on A2 leave 29 others injured – 270313 1630z

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A pile-up involving about 100 vehicles on a snow-hit Austrian motorway has left at least one person dead. Emergency officials said the crash scene on the west-bound A1 west of Vienna stretched for more than 2km (1.2 miles).

Six regional fire departments have been at the scene with ambulances and an emergency services helicopter, broadcaster ORF said.
A spell of freezing weather is causing disruption across Europe. Officials said the accident happened near St Poelten, about 60km from the capital, and involved about 40 lorries and 60 cars.
Franz Resperger of the Lower Austrian fire department said the icy carriageway was a likely factor in the crash.
In southern Austria, at least 29 people were injured – six seriously – in two accidents inside road tunnels in the state of Styria, ORF reported.
The A2 motorway, which runs through the tunnels, was blocked in both directions.

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This years winter causes many problems such as empty salt depots in Klagenfurt (Southern Austria) and the massive burden of snow on the roofs.
Many lorry drivers on motorways do apparently not know how to install snow chains.
Even though winter will soon come to an end, Austrias South has recently been affected by heavy snowfalls.
Meteorologists state that snow of this amount has not been there for seven years.
15 centimetres of snow were enough to cause an absolute chaos on the A2 Sudautobahn (Southern motorway) next to Wolfsberg, said Robert Schrammel, an employee of the motorway maintenance.
“We are clearing the snow from the roads of the A2 with nine vehicles. The biggest problem is that lorry drivers often have no snow chains with them or cannot install them themselves. Our workers have to stop and help them in order for them to drive on. I am thus appealing to the drivers that they support us a little instead of swearing at us”, said Mr Schrammel.
Roofing companies are also working at full blast in order to free the roofs from the burden of snow.
House owners are obliged to put up poles for snow and to free their roofs in order to avoid accidents.
The snow is taken to the former sewage plant south of Klagenfurt. 70,000 tons of snow has been transported there this year, which is 20,000 more tons than last year.
Wednesday, 27 March, 2013 at 06:06 (06:06 AM) UTC RSOE & (06:12 AM) UTC. RSOE

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Chaos in Austria! Scary accident on A2: One dead and 46 injured, 16 cars and 7 trucks damaged

NATIONAL 27/03/2013 · 13:30:29 | Author:

Dozens of cars and trucks collided at the entrance of the tunnel Herzogberg. A very serious accident occurred Tuesday night in Austria. The causes of the accident were weather conditions (ice and fog), giving them the slippery road fork drivers.

accident HOMEPAGE 720x407 Haos in Austria! Accident infiorator pe A2: Un mort si 46 de raniti, 16 masini si 7 tiruri avariate (FOTO/VIDEO) All nightmare began when a truck skidded 200 meters inside the tunnel and collided with several cars coming from the opposite direction. Violent impact led to a real cannon, autoturimsele and back trucks which were bumping into each other.

The impact resulted in one dead and 46 injured. For two hours traffic was stopped on the highway A2 in Austria.

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