At least 60 injured in mass pile-up in Austria

March 25th, 2008 - 9:52 pm ICT by admin  

Vienna, March 25 (DPA) At least 60 people were injured Tuesday, some seriously, in a mass pile-up involving up to 100 vehicles on Austria’s A1 motorway between Vienna and Salzburg, with the Red Cross warning that several people may have been killed. More details were not yet available. The area had been hit by bad winter weather at the time of the accident.

Police said the accident occurred between Seewalchen and St. Georgen in Upper Austria. The motorway was closed in both directions following the pile-up.

Dozens of ambulances and rescue helicopters rushed to the scene. Firefighters had to cut the injured out vehicles - some of which had literally been wrapped around each other.

The regional government in Vocklabruck has placed local hospitals on the alert.

“We have three helicopters at the scene and five emergency ambulances and up to 25 rescue vehicles,” a spokesman for the Red Cross told the Austrian broadcaster ORF.

Initial police reports said the accident had been caused by a combination of speeding and poor visibility.

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