Saarbrücken / Kaiserslautern / Wittlich (dpa / lrs) – Snow and ice on Tuesday morning in Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate led to traffic obstructions. The police reported that there were accidents in particular at high altitudes in the north of the Saarland (district of St. Wendel and Merzig-Wadern). Above all, trucks were broken down. On the A1 autobahn towards Nonnweiler and on the A62 towards Kaiserslautern, progress was slow due to heavy snowfall, and traffic came to a standstill at times. According to the information, nobody was injured.
The Saarbahn announced on its website that because of snowfall and temperatures below zero, buses could not travel to the high altitudes. Disabilities and delays can be expected in the entire bus network.
According to the police, one of the main accidents in Rhineland-Palatinate was in the Weilerbach area in the Kaiserslautern district. There were a total of 37 accidents in the area of responsibility of the Kaiserslautern Police Department. Nobody got hurt. The police asked road users to create an alley for the gritting vehicles.
In the district of Bernkastel-Wittlich, a driver got off the road because of snow, nobody was injured. A car skidded on a slippery road near Pantenburg and hit a tree. The driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries. On the Autobahn 1 in the direction of Koblenz, a driver lost control of his car on a wet road, turned right and collided with a signpost. It remained with property damage.
The German Weather Service (DWD) in Offenbach expected precipitation to decrease over the course of the day and snow to turn into rain. At night and on Wednesday morning there is a risk of ice. Permafrost can be expected in the mountains in the coming days.