A 42-year-old truck driver from Slovakia has died in a serious accident on the A4 between Düren and Merzenich. Late on Tuesday night at 11:30pm, the man drove his vehicle into the end of a traffic jam and pushed two articulated trucks in front of him, a police spokesman said. A large part of the truck’s cab was pressed into the semi-trailer that the Slovak drove into, the Düren Fire Department reported.
The truck driver died at the scene of the accident
The truck driver was trapped in the cab. Despite a quick rescue operation using technical rescue equipment by the fire department, the ambulance doctor pronounced the driver dead after freeing him.
The two occupants of the truck that was hit by the Slovakian driver, a 46-year-old man and his 35-year-old passenger, suffered minor injuries and had to be taken to hospital. The driver of the other truck involved in the incident was not injured.
According to a police spokesman, the A4 towards Cologne will still be closed until 10:00 a.m. due to cleanup work. Currently, a five-kilometer traffic jam has formed on the stretch from Weisweiler. Drivers should take the A4 and A61 from the junction in Aachen to the junction in Kerpen.