The day after the bad accident on the A14 near Halle, further details came to light. People and clubs show their sympathy to the relatives of the three dead. Many of the injured return home after spending a night in hospital.
Halle (dpa/sa) - After the serious accident on Autobahn 14 near Halle with three dead and 19 injured, the police made initial statements about the course of the accident. According to this, a van drove into a car between the Halle-Trotha and Halle Tornau junctions. The car was then thrown away with three occupants and collided with another vehicle and another pickup truck. Only the remains of the car were visible afterwards. The three occupants of the car - all from Saxony - died at the scene of the accident. More detailed information could not be given at the moment because not all relatives of the deceased could be contacted, said the police spokesman.
A total of 14 people were seriously injured and 5 slightly injured in the accident. The SV Fortuna Magdeburg junior soccer team was also involved in the accident. The football players are young people between the ages of 15 and 17. The team was on the way to a game in Merseburg. All club members involved were taken to the hospital, it said. Nothing was initially known about the severity of the injuries.
In the morning, the club gave the all-clear for most of the players. The rest of the team will hopefully return to Magdeburg during Friday, said a spokesman for the club. According to him, most of them stayed overnight with minor injuries for observation in a hospital in Halle. He could not say with certainty whether some of the players had sustained serious injuries.
The club expressed its condolences to those involved. "Our thoughts" are with those who witnessed the terrible accident, the club wrote via Instagram. On Facebook, Hallesche FC wished the relatives a lot of strength and the injured a speedy recovery. Many clubs have joined. Those responsible at 1. FC Magdeburg also expressed their sympathy.
The emergency services were presented with a shocking picture during the rescue work. People were trapped in vehicles at the scene of the accident and debris was scattered across the road. The car with the dead occupants was ultimately hardly recognizable as a car. The front of a pickup truck was completely destroyed. Another crashed into a guardrail.
The motorway towards Dresden was completely closed for hours due to the rescue and recovery work. Around 12:40 a.m., the roughest clean-up work was completed and the closures were lifted.