Chaos drive on the A3: A truck driver lost control of his vehicle – but it only came to a stop after 30 kilometers. The damage is great.
With no control over his tractor-trailer and in critical health, a truck driver left a more than 30-kilometer-long path of destruction on Autobahn 3. The 48-year-old had lost control of the truck late on Saturday evening “apparently due to a medical cause,” the police said.
During the entire journey through Lower Franconia, the vehicle collided with the guardrail several times and ran over numerous warning beacons in the area of a construction site. Road barriers were damaged in such a way that they partially protruded into the opposite lane.
The police were informed about a truck driving in a serpentine line. A patrol was able to make out the truck in the area of the Würzburg-Kist junction and tried to draw the driver’s attention with flashing lights, a siren and a stop signal – but he did not react.
At the end of the chaos ride, the tractor finally came to a stop at the exit from the Kitzingen junction. There the officials were able to convince themselves of the critical health of the driver. Rescue workers took him to the hospital. No other road users were injured during the truck’s accident.
Due to the numerous damage and lengthy clean-up work, the A3 was completely closed for a distance of around ten kilometers until further notice. Motorway traffic in the direction of Frankfurt is diverted at the Kitzingen junction. Vehicles traveling in the direction of Nuremberg will be diverted to the A7 at the Würzburg-Biebelried motorway triangle.