After the serious accident on Autobahn 3 with four deaths, the specific course of events is still unclear. "We don't yet know exactly why the drivers lost control at this point," said a police spokeswoman on Monday. It will continue to be carefully investigated. On Sunday, traces were secured on site near Emmerich on the Lower Rhine, which according to the police are now being evaluated.
On the rain-soaked road, two consecutive accidents occurred within a short space of time on Sunday. First, a 42-year-old driver left the road and landed in a ditch. According to the information, the driver and his 37-year-old passenger were able to free themselves from the accident car. The 39-year-old driver of a car that was also heading towards Cologne then stopped to help the occupants.
When the occupants of the accident car and the first responders were on the hard shoulder, all three were hit by an approaching car whose 56-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle at the same point. The car then spun further into a crash barrier. Both the driver of the third car and the three other people died. They are said to be Dutch. The passenger in the third car suffered minor injuries.
It is still unclear whether those involved in the accident were traveling as a group. "It has not yet been clearly clarified whether the people knew each other and drove together," said the spokeswoman. According to the police, all three cars had Dutch registrations. There is no evidence of an illegal car race, as the police announced on Sunday.