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August 26, 2004

Discussion in '"Today in History", Literature & Media Review' started by Martin Antonenko, Aug 26, 2022.

  1. Martin Antonenko A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    The most expensive car accident of all times!


    Since 1971, the "Wiehltalbrücke" between Olpe and Cologne has spanned the valley of the same name in Germany as part of the Bundesautobahn 4...:

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    The village of Weiershagen is located directly under the bridge, which is over 700 meters long and over 60 meters high at its highest point.

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    On August 26, 2004, one by the long-distance truck driver Alexander Probach...

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    ... steered tanker truck with 32,000 liters of fuel on board was rammed by a silver BMW that had previously skidded.

    The truck loses a rear axle as a result of the violent ramming impact, skids itself, breaks through the crash barrier and falls into the depths.

    After the impact on the ground, the petrol cargo immediately catches fire - Alexander Probach dies in the flames...:

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    The 25 and 29 year old brothers who were in the silver BMW...

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    ...try to flee on foot, but are caught by the police near the scene of the accident.

    The reinforced concrete structure was severely damaged by the very hot fire directly under the bridge.

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    Temporary repair work begins on the same day in order to maintain the load-bearing capacity of the building and prevent it from collapsing...:

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    The final repair work was only completed in October 2007...:

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    The material damage to the bridge amounts to 32 million euros - plus the costs for excavation and disposal of the petrol-contaminated soil.

    With total damage of more than 35 million euros, the crash on August 29, 2004 is the most expensive traffic accident in Germany of all times!

    This does not include the costs for the legal processing of what happened...:

    The driver of the car, 25-year-old Mustapha Assaboub...

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    ...is found guilty on September 14, 2005 by the Gummersbach district court of "negligent homicide in combination with intentional endangerment of road traffic in combination with intentional driving without a license and because of false suspicion" and sentenced to a total prison sentence of one year and ten months.

    Mustapha Assaboub didn't have a driver's license, drove far too fast, was drugged up to the tips of his hair - and the BMW he drove had completely worn tires!

    He is arrested in the courtroom...:

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    His 29-year-old brother Rachid Assahoub (in the next picture in the patterned shirt next to Mustapha at the site visit at the accident site)...

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    ...is sentenced to a hefty fine in a second trial: In order to exonerate his brother, he initially claimed that he was the driver.

    Due to the many media reports about the accident and its consequences, 20,000 euros were collected from private individuals for the surviving dependents of the truck driver.

    With the financial support of the city of Wiehl, the village community of Weiershagen is also erecting a memorial for the truck driver who died at the scene of the accident...:

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  2. Nap A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    Terrible a life was lost but a ridiculously small prison sentence

    Nap

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