Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Drivers too fast in thunderstorms: three accidents on highways

Ludwigslust (dpa/mv) - In view of several accidents during thunderstorms and heavy rain, the police in Ludwigslust have appealed to drivers to drive more slowly in such weather conditions.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Drivers too fast in thunderstorms: three accidents on highways

Ludwigslust (dpa/mv) - In view of several accidents during thunderstorms and heavy rain, the police in Ludwigslust have appealed to drivers to drive more slowly in such weather conditions. As a police spokesman said on Tuesday, three drivers had an accident on the Autobahn 24 and 14 in the West Mecklenburg region on Monday evening. The vehicles skidded in so-called heavy rain, the cars crashed into crash barriers. A 44-year-old driver was injured on the A24 near Neustadt-Glewe and was taken to a clinic.

Two other cars crashed into crash barriers near Grabow on the A14 and near Hagenow on the A24 because they were probably driving too fast for the weather conditions. The total damage was estimated at around 44,000 euros. In particular, during heavy thunderstorms like on Monday evening, the risk of aquaplaning on the roads is very high, it said.

The fire brigades in West Mecklenburg had to move out to several operations because of the thunderstorm on Monday evening, as a spokesman for the responsible control center in Schwerin reported. In Northwest Mecklenburg, a gas tank had to be pumped out because there was a fire nearby – probably as a result of a lightning strike. Lightning struck a house in Warnitz, a district of Schwerin, and the roof structure then caught fire. In the district of Ludwigslust-Parchim there were about 15 operations because of water in basements or torn branches on streets. In Grabow, water was pumped out of an underpass.

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