Thursday, 05. March 2015 - 07:03
15. 01. 13. - 16:00
The snowfalls caused a lot of accidents in Austria on Sunday. A man died early on Monday in Upper-Austria after being hit by a lorry. In Lower-Austria and Carinthia, several people were injured, some of them severely.
The driver in Upper-Austria started to skid on the Welser motorway (A25) near Pucking and drove into the running rails. He parked his car on the emergency lane and got out. The driver of a bulldozer noticed the accident and tried to hurry to help the man. For some unknown reason, the driver suddenly ran onto the road and straight in front of a lorry. The man was hit and killed by the lorry.
Up to 20 centimetres of snow fell in Lower-Austria in the night leading to Monday. It's a period of intense activity for the road maintenance teams, the fire brigade and police. There are always cars which slip off the road during the night and have to be lifted with cable winches.
In Carinthia, the emergency crews where called around the clock across the whole region for car accidents. Several people were injures, some of them severely. On the south motorway (A2), there were three accidents shortly one after the other. In the early hours of the morning, there were also two accidents on the A1 motorway between Sankt Pölten and Melk with severe material damages. First reports indicate there was no one injured.
In Vienna, there were delays on all main roads during rush hour because of the snow. On the Nordbrücke going in to the city and on the A22 towards the Tangente as well as from the Kaisermühlen tunnel to Tagente, drivers had to expect severe delays.
On the Tangente, traffic came to a stop between Hirschstetten and the Praterbrücke and before the Inzersdorf exit in the direction of the South motorway. There were severe delays on the west entrance from Auhof and on the Breitenfurter road heading into town near the city border.
There were also issues on the roads in Salzburg, where a lorry was left behind, causing severe traffic jams in the early morning. In Styria, there were also delays and accidents – without injuries.
Severral gritters are operating since Sunday in Burgenland. The bulk of the traffic chaos was avoided, the drivers adjusting to the conditions – except for one accident which caused material damages on the A3 near Hornstein, no accidents were reported by the police.
Police And Firemen Get Cold Turkey
Flipping the bird was given a new meaning in Austria this week when a truck filled with plucked turkeys overturned, closing a busy motorway in the process.
Rare Bald Ibis Makes Microlight Flight To Italy
The project to introduce an extinct bird back to Europe is hailing success after successfully negotiating a new route over the Alps and training 14 Northern Bald Ibises how to fly south to winter feeding grounds in southern Tuscany.
Brit Soldier Rescued After Climbing Mountain In T Shirt
A British soldier who tackled the frozen Austrian Alps wearing just shorts and a T-shirt has been rapped by officials after he had to be rescued from the snowy peak.
Jobless Footballers Join Dole Rangers To Showcase Their Talent
Austria's job centres are entering the big league - by creating a football team to allow jobless footballers to showcase their talent and get work.
Good manners guide for Arabs dropped by Salzburg tourism officials
Tourism chiefs in Salzburg have been forced to withdraw a controversial etiquette guide for Arabs that aimed to stop them trying to haggle over prices, cooking in their rooms, and dumping their litter around the region.
Strongman pulls worlds largest twinjet plane out of hanger
A strong man known as the "Austrian Rock" has notched up his 16th endurance world record, this time by pulling a Boeing 777 plane from its hangar at the Vienna International Airport in Schwechat.
Austria receives record visitors from UAE
Austria received a record amount of visitors from the United Arab Emirates in 2013, according to the Austrian National Tourist Office.
Cheetah enclosure rebuilt after run of escapes
After a run of great escapes from the cheetah residents of Salzburg Zoo, the big cat enclosure has been rebuilt in an effort to prevent further breakouts.
Hosting Eurovision 2015 in Austria already complicated
The search for a suitable location for next year's Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Austria is already hitting complications with still 11 months to go until the event.
FIFA extend Taboga ban worldwide
The life time football ban imposed upon player Dominique Taboga by the Austrian Football Association (Ã–FB) in February for match-fixing has been extended by FIFA today to include worldwide activities.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days