Switzerland: Massive accident on A9 near Chexbres , 50 cars involved, 11 taken to hospital, 100 treated for shock – 310313 1500z

Bad weather, excessive speeds and cars traveling too close together in the fog played a role in a massive accident on the A9 autoroute between Lausanne and Martigny Saturday late morning, say Vaud police.

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The accident occurred shortly before the Chexbres tunnel, heading in the direction of canton Valais, at 11:35.
Fifty cars were involved in the pileup and 46 of them suffered damage.
More than 100 people were taken to the Blecherette cantonal police centre in Lausanne, in minivans, to recover from the shock.
The autoroute was closed from 11:35 until shortly before 16:00 to sort out the situation and clear up the road.
Sunday, 31 March, 2013 at 04:09 (04:09 AM) UTC RSOE

11 people injured slightly, taken to hospital; 100 treated at police centre for shock

Special phone line set up for those involved +41 21 644 83 48

“GENEVA, SWITZERLAND Bad weather, excessive speeds and cars traveling too close together in the fog played a role in a massive accident on the A9 autoroute between Lausanne and Martigny Saturday late morning, say Vaud police. The accident occurred shortly before the Chexbres tunnel, heading in the direction of canton Valais, at 11:35. Fifty cars were involved in the pileup and 46 of them suffered damage.

More than 100 people were taken to the Blecherette cantonal police centre in Lausanne, in minivans, to recover from the shock.

The autoroute was closed from 11:35 until shortly before 16:00 to sort out the situation and clear up the road.

Video on RTS, for viewers in Switzerland

Massive team called out to help

Traffic was rerouted while a team of 100 emergency workers, called to the scene immediately after the accident, took care of the injured and those in shock, removed the cars, all of which were taken to a holding garage next to the police centre in Monts-sur-Lausanne, where they will be inspected and assessed for insurance purposes but also for the police investigation.

The pileup required 19 Vaud gendarme units, 18 workers from the Civil Protection office to reroute traffic, the cantonal highway department to set up the detours and signs and to repair damage to the roads, the head of the medical emergency group SMUR and head of the ambulance section, 8 ambulances, 50 volunteers from the GAS (Groupement dappui sanitaire) trained emergency teams who are on call for such situations, 4 psychologists and an additional emergency worker, a fire department team with 5 vehicles and 10 men, and several companies that hauled away the vehicles.

Traffic rerouted via the A12 for 4 hours

French-speaking Switzerlands traffic heading towards Valais was sent on a detour to Bern and from German-speaking Switzerland the traffic was rerouted via Bern and Fribourg, on the A12.

Police closed one lane for a brief period before 17:00 to put the road back in shape.

Anyone involved in the accident may use a hotline which has been set up by the police, starting Sunday morning, daily from 07:00 to 17:00.

The Servette Football Club was caught in the traffic around the pileup and reportedly had a three-hour delay for their match in Sion.” – genevalunch.com

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