Anger: Terrible accident on A8 – the man gets out of the car and is hit by a pick-up

Emergency doctor (icon image).

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Anger – Terrible scenes took place on the evening of Maundy Thursday (April 14) on the A8 (Munich – Salzburg) in heavy Easter traffic near Anger.

Update, 10:15 a.m. – Police release

The police press release in full:

On Maundy Thursday (April 14) at 6.35 p.m., a serious traffic accident occurred on the A8, direction Salzburg, between the Neukirchen and Anger intersections. At the time of the accident, there was heavy southbound traffic. On the Loithal bridge, a Croatian Citroën, occupied by three Croats, enters the left lane. A 64-year-old Austrian woman drove past this car in her VW.

When she had to brake due to traffic, the driver of the Croatian Citroën recognized her too late and crashed into the Salzburger from behind. This rear-end collision caused only light to moderate bodily injury. An occupant of the Citroën, a 58-year-old Croat, who was seated in the right rear of the vehicle, then suddenly left the car and moved into the right lane without paying attention to the traffic behind. Tragically, he was hit by a Ford pick-up which swerved from the left lane to the right to avoid colliding with the stationary Citroën in front of him.

The Austrian-registered Ford pick-up truck, driven by a 62-year-old Austrian, collided with the open rear passenger door of the Citroën and the Croatian who had climbed out. The 58-year-old man was thrown onto the hood and windshield of the van, then came to rest in the road with serious injuries. Many witnesses on the spot provided first aid.

Due to the severity of the injuries, which cannot yet be estimated, the injured person was transported by rescue helicopter to a special clinic in Salzburg. The Traunstein public prosecutor’s office has appointed an expert at the scene of the accident to reconstruct the exact course of the accident. None of those involved in the accident showed any signs of failure in the form of alcohol or intoxicants.

Due to the complex registration of the accident, traffic in the south was blocked in places up to the Übersee junction. The side streets of the highway were also very congested at times. Due to the tragic traffic accident, the Traunstein traffic police ask road users not to just leave their vehicles in traffic jams, but to remain seated in the vehicle, as dangerous situations can arise despite the traffic stopped. In addition, the Traunstein traffic police warn that an escape route must be formed in the event of traffic jams or slow traffic, especially during rush hour.

Traunstein traffic police press release

The first message:

Around 6:35 p.m., the serious accident occurred between the crossroads of Neukirchen and Anger (district of Berchtesgadener Land). According to the police, a Citroën with Croatian registration was driving on the Loithalbrücke in the left lane in the direction of Salzburg. The driver of the car realized too late that an Austrian-registered VW driving ahead had to brake suddenly due to the high volume of traffic. The Citroën therefore hit the VW.

In fact, a “harmless” accident with bodily injury – if a passenger sitting in the back of the Citroën had not suddenly jumped out of the vehicle on the right side. The 58-year-old Croatian pulled into the right lane of the highway – not paying attention to traffic. The consequences are devastating: the man is hit by a Ford pick-up which has just changed lanes to avoid coming into contact with the accident which has just occurred.

The Croat was thrown onto the hood and into the windshield of the pick-up and then remained on the highway with serious injuries. Many eyewitnesses immediately administered first aid. “Due to the severity of the injuries, which cannot yet be estimated, the injured person was transported by rescue helicopter to a special clinic in Salzburg,” the traffic police in Traunstein said. After the accident, the A8 had to be closed. As a result, there was a huge traffic jam.

*More information to follow*

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