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100-car pile-up kills one, leaves dozens injured

100-car pile-up kills one, leaves dozens injured

Published: 15 Jan 2013 12:33 GMT+01:00
Updated: 15 Jan 2013 23:49 GMT+01:00

One person died and more than 40 were injured on the E4 motorway near Helsingborg, southwestern Sweden, after an estimated 100 vehicles crashed into one another due to dense fog and slippery road conditions.

"It's the worst accident I've seen during my 30 years in this line of work," emergency worker Jonas Hellsten told the local Helsingbord Dagbladet newspaper.

The accident left one person dead, according to police, while 46 people were hospitalized, four of whom had serious injuries and 10 of whom had broken bones. Three firefighters were also among the injured.

Those injured were rushed to hospitals in Helsingborg, Ängelholm and Kristianstad

The crash took place shortly before midday on the Tranarpsbron bridge just northeast of Helsingborg.

RELATED PHOTO GALLERY: Pictures from the scene of the crash

Slippery road conditions and poor visibility due to fog are to blame, police told the TT news agency.

"The scene is pretty chaotic," head fire fighter Christer Haraldsson told the TT news agency.

"Several people are stuck in their cars. We have a large number of ambulances on their way and we are sending a bus to evacuate the area."

Emergency crews estimate the wreck involved approximately 100 vehicles, but exact figures remain hard to come by.

A press photographer on the scene said the scene of the accident "stretches as far as the eye can see" and involves cars on both sides of the motorway.

"I can see how an emergency services fuel truck has crashed into a truck, which is now lying across the lanes," Scanpix photographer Björn Lindgren told TT.

"On the other side, I can see two trucks that have rammed into one another, tearing the load from one."

Haraldsson confirmed that an emergency service fuel truck was involved in the crash.

The E4 has been closed in both directions while rescue crews continue their work, and it remains unclear when the road will reopen.

Throughout much of the day, officials were reporting three people had died in the crash, but late on Tuesday night police issued a correction on their website, confirming that one person, had died.

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Elsewhere, around ten vehicles were involved in a crash on the E20 motorway northwest of Eskilstuna in central Sweden.

The wreck stopped southbound traffic on the E20, and one person sustained minor injuries.

Snow continued to fall across much of the country on Tuesday, causing a number of accidents on Swedish roadways, with 33 being reported in Stockholm county alone.

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13:20 January 15, 2013 by cupidcub
Damn! It it very important to brief the drivers on winter conditions and precaution measures.
13:39 January 15, 2013 by Rishonim
Tragic. I can only imagine that a large majority of the drivers were distracted answering reading or sending out text on their mobiles.
17:55 January 15, 2013 by Migga
Probably a foreign truckdriver who came from the harbour in Helsingborg and drove to fast in a climate he isn`t used to.
20:17 January 15, 2013 by Hisingen
Caused by - fog and ice - driving beyond their visibility range and stopping distance, on normal tyres.

Accidents are caused. Deaths are the result. Sad but true.
20:58 January 15, 2013 by skogsbo
apparently; from my sambo who went down there today for a meeting, apart from the fog, it was sheet ice, even after the crash when people got out of their cars, they couldn't stand up. So from that I would presume that the high level of moisture was freezing on the road surface. Studded tyres will help, but without them, you are pretty much stuffed. Luckily she went very early ahead of all this, but she said it wasn't great driving and even then their was a truck on it's side off the road.(no I don't know if it was a foreign driver) ;)
21:39 January 15, 2013 by Rishonim
@Migga, Highly unnecessary comment.
22:00 January 15, 2013 by J Jack
4 words .. texting at the wheel
22:12 January 15, 2013 by johan rebel
"due to dense fog and slippery road conditions" abd "Slippery road conditions and poor visibility due to fog are to blame".

Oh, come on! The blame lies squarely with one or more motorized morons who did not have the sense to adjust their driving to the prevailing road and weather conditions.
06:20 January 16, 2013 by skogsbo
nope what I gathered, from someone who drove that road, the stopping distance was infinite at some points.

However, that doesn't mean it wasn't initiated by an idiot!!
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