On Thursday after several rear-end collisions between Gilching and Germering, nothing went on the Lindau autobahn: According to the police, a 27-year-old van driver caused a traffic jam of up to 15 kilometers in the direction of Munich at noon. In the accident, in which four cars were involved, the 27-year-old from Erding and a 55-year-old from Starnberg were slightly injured. Since the van had leaked oil, the road had to be cleaned. The autobahn was partially closed for this.
In the late afternoon, another accident happened on the Gilchinger driveway towards the state capital. According to the police, a woman from Munich drove her car, in which her two small children were sitting, into the car of a 24-year-old from Munich and pushed it against another car. The polluter and her children were taken to a clinic for an examination, where slight bruises were found. Oil had leaked here too – since the cleaning machine was already there, it only had to move a few hundred meters back to the new accident. The traffic was temporarily diverted in Wörthsee because two cars were left behind in a traffic jam. There was block handling in the Etterschlag tunnel.
On the way there, the emergency doctor in Starnberg on Hanfelder Straße is said to have been involved in an accident himself. When he wanted to overtake the ambulance with blue lights in his emergency vehicle, an 18-year-old from Wolfratshausen could no longer avoid him, according to the police. Those involved were unharmed.
Already in the morning a collision with three cars in the new tunnel gallery near the Kreuzlinger Forst had caused a traffic jam of up to five kilometers in the direction of Munich, according to the police, as the accident site could not be cleared immediately due to the construction work. Here, too, several cars got stuck in a traffic jam, there was also block handling in the Etterschlag tunnel. One person involved was slightly injured.
When a military aircraft of the type Antonov AN-26 at least 25 people died in eastern Ukraine. The civil defense announced in Kiev on Friday evening. Accordingly, there were also two survivors in the disaster in Chuhujiw in the Kharkiv region.
The cause of the crash was initially unclear. President Volodimir Zelensky announced that he would get an idea of the situation on site this Saturday. Area governor Alexej Kutschera announced that there were dead and injured. He was on the way to the site of the accident, he wrote on the Telegram news channel. The Ukrainian military also confirmed the crash on Facebook.
According to the authorities, there were 27 people on board the Antonov, mostly young recruits from the Air Force University. It is said to have been a training flight. The aircraft crashed on the approach to the runway. At first there was talk of 28 inmates, but one trainee did not appear to the exercise.
A wreck burning in the dark could be seen in pictures on social networks. A little later there were videos of the cleared rubble, which was widely scattered in an uninhabited area with trees.
Crash not in the Ukrainian war zone
A total of seven crew members and 21 university students were on board, it said. Two inmates were seriously injured. The health of the rest of the people on board was unclear. They were officially missing, as the civil defense announced. The authorities had previously increased the number of deaths again and again.
The region is around 40 kilometers from the Russian border in the east of crisis-ridden Ukraine, but not in the war zone there. War is officially raging in parts of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions that are 250 kilometers from the crash site. There Russia-backed separatists face Ukrainian government forces. According to United Nations estimates, more than 13,000 deaths have occurred in the war since 2014.
The EU foreign affairs representative Josep Borrell reacted with dismay to the news from Ukraine, which he himself visited for the first time this week. He expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and the Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskyi on the short message service Twitter. EU Council President Charles Michel made a similar statement. “Europe mourns with you and wishes the survivors a full recovery.” He expressed his condolences to all relatives and friends as well as to President Zelensky. Zelensky wants to visit the site of the accident this Saturday.
First he heard a loud bang, then he saw black smoke rising from the rear of his garbage truck. The driver of a waste disposal company unceremoniously dumped 30 cubic meters of garbage on Von-Erckert-Straße in Waldtrudering on Wednesday afternoon. According to the Munich fire brigade, he wanted to prevent the flames from spreading to the vehicle.
The man was able to control the flames with a fire extinguisher until the fire department arrived. The emergency services checked the man-high mountain of rubbish with a thermal imaging camera and extinguished the last embers.
Nobody was injured during the operation. The disposal company itself then removed the mountain of rubbish from the street.
A serious bus accident occurred early on Saturday morning on Autobahn 24 near Wöbbelin in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. 31 people were injured, three of them seriously, but these were not in mortal danger, said a police spokesman in Rostock.
The bus went off the road at 5.45 a.m. in the direction of Hamburg between the Wöbbelin and Hagenow junctions and drove into a ditch. Travelers of different nationalities would have sat in the vehicle. The 31 injured came to the surrounding hospitals. The cause of the accident is still being determined, the police spokesman continued. It may be the driver’s microsleep. According to his information, the weather conditions were normal at the time of the accident.
There was initially different information about the number of injuries. The Flixbus company initially confirmed only three injuries to the German press agency. All occupants of the bus, 30 passengers and 2 drivers according to Flixbus, came to hospitals as a precaution. “We can confirm that the driving and rest times were adhered to,” said a Flixbus spokesman. The bus was on the way between Prague and Hamburg.
The NDR quoted the chief emergency doctor on site, four travelers had suffered moderate injuries, but the majority of the passengers were slightly injured or uninjured. It is also said here that all passengers were first taken to hospitals.
Several fires broke out on Wednesday night in the Moria refugee camp on Lesvos and its surroundings. According to media reports, residential containers are also on fire, which is why the authorities evacuated the camp. In the meantime, almost everyone has left the camp, which was almost completely on fire, reported the Greek state radio station ERT in the early hours of the morning. There is still no information about injured or even dead people.
Strong winds, some of which reached up to 70 kilometers per hour, further fueled the fire. Aid organizations and local volunteers reported on social media from people for whom flames and smoke had cut off their escape routes.
There are different sources of information about the causes of the fires: some camp residents spoke of arson by islanders, according to other reports migrants had set fire themselves and then prevented the fire brigade from extinguishing the fire. The chief of operations said on Greek television that camp residents had pelted the firefighters with stones and tried to prevent them from doing the fire fighting. Special units of the riot police were in action. Videos in social networks showed stray, frightened people and also those who said “Bye bye, Moria!” sang.
Overcrowded for years
The island’s emergency services have been fighting a large forest fire about 25 kilometers northwest of Moria since Tuesday evening. The refugee camp has been hopelessly overcrowded for years; according to the Greek Ministry of Migration, around 12,600 refugees and migrants currently live there – with a capacity of just 2,800 places.
Since last week, more and more cases of corona infections have occurred, which is why the warehouse has been quarantined. It was announced on Tuesday that the number of people currently infected is 35. Some migrants wanted to leave the camp so as not to contract the virus, reported the semi-state Greek news agency ANA-MPA. On the other hand, some infected people and their contacts who were supposed to be isolated refused to leave the camp and be brought into isolation.
Many of the residents of the camp fled from the fire in the surrounding forests and on hills, others made their way to the island’s capital Mytilini, as reported by the Greek media. In places, islanders are said to have opposed them and blocked their way. In addition, riot police posted themselves on Wednesday morning around the camp and along a five-kilometer route to Mytilene, the economic and cultural center of Lesbos. This was apparently an attempt to prevent migrants from reaching the port.
There have always been tensions in Moria, because of the corona problem, the situation has now literally exploded, Mytilinis Mayor Stratos Kytelis told the Greek state broadcaster ERT. One does not know where the people should be housed now, thousands are homeless. The situation is also an enormous burden for the locals.
In a serious traffic accident in Berlin near Breitscheidplatz, the police see no signs of an attack. “Based on the status of the investigation so far, we have no evidence of political or religious motivation,” said a police spokesman. The 24-year-old driver lost control of the car when turning left due to excessive speed, the spokesman said. The man was in police custody.
A terrain limousine drove into a group of people shortly after seven in the morning at Hardenbergplatz in Berlin-Charlottenburg. A fire department spokesman said seven people were injured, three of them seriously.
An injured person was trapped under the vehicle and, like the other injured, was hospitalized after the rescue. About a dozen eyewitnesses are looked after by emergency ministers. 60 firefighters and two rescue helicopters are deployed.
According to the fire brigade, the accident occurred around 7.20 a.m. at the intersection Hardenbergstrasse / corner of Joachimsthaler Strasse. The area at the Zoologischer Garten station is also heavily visited in the morning. Breitscheidplatz is not far from the scene of the accident: on December 19, 2016, Islamist Anis Amri steered a tractor-trailer into a Christmas market and killed eleven visitors. The offender had previously shot the truck driver.
Three people died on Saturday when a small plane crashed into a house in Wesel north of Duisburg. The top floor apartment of the house caught fire and, according to the fire service, was completely destroyed. A woman with her two-year-old child lived in the apartment, said deputy head of the Wesel fire department, Robert Meyboom. The child could be saved easily injured. The police suspect that the mother is among the dead. The other two victims are believed to be the two occupants of the microlight, Meyboom said.
The chairman of the Luftsportfreunde Wesel-Rheinhausen in North Rhine-Westphalia, Achim Strobel, assumes that the plane had just taken off from Wesel Airport. There were two men on board, he told the German press agency dpa. The aircraft is the TL 96 model, which is considered a so-called air sports device.
The cause of the crash is still unclear
Rescue workers found a parachute near the crash site. The police suspect that it is the aircraft’s emergency brake parachute. Why the plane crashed was still unknown. According to the police, there were indications that it had previously broken apart. Several aircraft parts were found in the area.
The crash caused a large deployment of the rescue workers. Several helicopters and a rescue dog team were involved. Emergency ministers were also on site.
On July 24, 2010, 21 people died in the crush of the Loveparade in Duisburg, including Christian, 25, the son of Gabi Müller. His mother has been fighting to deal with the catastrophe for ten years. In 2016 she started a petition that made a significant contribution to the fact that a trial took place at the Duisburg district court. In 2019, her husband Uwe died of cancer, one day after the ninth anniversary of the disaster. The 62-year-old hairdresser from Hamm is a warm, resolute woman who despite everything laughs and likes to tell stories. The conversation with her took place shortly before the tenth anniversary of the Loveparade accident.
SZ: Ms. Müller, how are you today?
Gabi Müller: Not good. I feel this anniversary much worse than usual. So much is coming together: the end of the process, the first anniversary of my husband’s death, Christian’s tenth anniversary. Then the statements from Mr. Sauerland yesterday.
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Duisburg’s former mayor Adolf Sauerland gave an interview for the first time since he was voted out eight years ago. He said thatRheinische PostIn retrospect, he also sees “no reason to resign from political responsibility”. He was not to blame for the misfortune. And he never wanted the Love Parade either.
I have also seen Mr. Sauerland at the trial where he testified. There he presented himself as a victim. He has learned nothing and he will also learn nothing. But still such statements are like a slap in the face.
Due to the corona, the tenth anniversary commemoration will only take place on a small scale. Many parents and relatives of the victims live abroad and cannot travel. And the city of Duisburg will continue to celebrate the anniversary in the future. How do you find that?
I would have no problem with it getting smaller. So maybe it’s more peaceful. My son’s friends were there for the last time in 2017, they were shocked that everything was so public and so much press on site. I don’t mean to criticize the media because they were officially invited. But I previously raised concerns with the organizers. Then it was said later: After consulting the relatives, we did it this way and that. I wonder: Which relatives did they speak to? Not with me anyway.
How do you get along with the relatives of the other victims?
It is a soul mate. You don’t have to explain yourself, everyone knows how the other is doing. That probably connects us forever. Paco and Nuria Zapater from Spain, Clara’s parents, are coming for the anniversary, which makes me very happy. We were always the fighters, if you will. The two were also very sad that they could not be there at the end of the process. But they gave me moral support from a distance.
With the father of Clara Zapater, who wanted to celebrate the end of her Erasmus studies in Münster at the Loveparade, you started the petition for a retrial after the district court in Duisburg rejected the first charge. It quickly signed over 360,000 people. Without you, the 6th criminal chamber might never have met if there had never been one of the most complex trials in Germany’s history.
The petition has contributed a little bit to the fact that it came to the trial, that’s how I see it. A friend gave me the idea that I had no experience with something like that. At first I didn’t want to because I was worried about how to handle it all, but then my husband and I said: What else do we have to lose?
At the beginning of the trial, you said: “Punishment is not the most important thing for me.”
The most important thing for us was education. How did everything go, who is responsible, who is to blame? Unfortunately, the questions have not been answered correctly for us. Already when the process started, we had an uneasy feeling, always with the limitation period in mind. We knew it was only two and a half years. And the negotiation was only one and a half days a week.
Then came the day the process was stopped. They were sitting in the courtroom.
I didn’t think it would happen to me. When this finality was there, it was as if the ground was being pulled from under my feet. One is disappointed and angry that none of those responsible have sat on the dock. If the indictment had not only been based on planning and approval, but also on the day of the disaster: I am convinced that we would have a different end result.
Do you still trust the German judiciary?
The train accident in Eschede, the collapse of the Cologne City Archives, the fire at Frankfurt Airport – it is not yet a Major catastrophe has been processed under criminal law. Something has to change about that. As long as our criminal law knows only the individual guilt, it will probably stay that way. My husband believed in the judiciary so much, that was a support. After the third anniversary, when the investigation was still going on, I said: Uwe, something is wrong here. But my husband always said: We live here in Germany, we’re not in a banana republic. The judiciary will clarify it, that’s what it is there for. In 2015, he lost faith in the judiciary when he read the indictment.
The SPD politician Hannelore Kraft recently reminded the victims of the NRW state parliament and regretted that those responsible were not held accountable. How did you feel about the appearance of the former Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia?
I no longer believe her words. At the beginning, I had enormous confidence in politics, especially in Ms. Kraft after her speech at the funeral service. I believed that the accident would also be dealt with politically. The event was a political issue right from the start. If the Ruhr area had not been the European Capital of Culture in 2010, the Love Parade would never have existed there. But politics, at that time under the leadership of the CDU, did very much for it. Today I ask myself: Why was there never a parliamentary committee of inquiry? These are things that you only become aware of later. In the beginning you are happy when you get settled one day after the other.
How have you got through the past ten years? What gave you strength?
Sometimes I don’t even know where the ten years are and where I get my strength from. Christian and me have always been driven by the fact that justice happens to me. That was our goal. Shortly after his death, I prayed that I would always have the strength to stay just – especially towards people who can do nothing for misfortune. We didn’t want to be bitter and treat others unfairly. I think we succeeded. I am happy and grateful that I have developed and not just got stuck in anger. Of course I’m still angry with certain people from time to time, but I think that’s part of it. I think Christian would be proud of me.
After a destructive fire in the cathedral in the western French city of Nantes, the investigators investigate suspected arson. A man was released from police custody late Sunday evening, several media reported, citing Nantes’ prosecutor, Pierre Sennès. There is no further prosecution against the 39-year-old, Sennès told the local newspaper “Presse Océan”. So there was no connection between him and the fire.
Investigators are currently following the theory that the fire was started on purpose. Accordingly, there were three sources of fire in the cathedral. During the first investigations, no signs of burglary were found on the building.
The man was taken into police custody on Saturday after the fire destroyed, among other things, the church’s main organ. According to the prosecutor, he worked as a volunteer in the diocese and was responsible for closing the cathedral on Friday evening. According to Sennès, the investigators wanted to clarify questions in the chronological order of the evening. However, the contradictions have resolved, the report said.
The fire brigade ended their mission at the church on Sunday, the forecourt of the church was released again. Now experts should investigate the cause of the fire that completely destroyed the main organ in the cathedral. Parts fell into the interior of the nave and remained there as a charred black pile. The fire service explained that the platform under the organ had become unstable due to the fire. A large stained glass window and other windows were also destroyed. The fire also damaged a painting. The walls were partially covered with black soot.
The main organ was completely destroyed
The fire in the late Gothic church was a terrible déjà-vu for France: When thick black smoke and flames spilled out of the front facade of the cathedral early Saturday morning, many felt the inferno in the world-famous Parisian church of Notre-Dame more than a year ago remind. The French were shocked to see the fire on site in Nantes and on the screens.
The diocese published first pictures of the damage on Saturday: Large parts of the main organ had fallen into the interior of the church and lay there as a charred pile of rubble. In addition to the organ, a large stained glass window from the 15th century was destroyed, the diocese said. The pictures also showed a black burnt-out cupboard and large traces of soot on the wall behind.
The 15th century cathedral of Nantes is dedicated to the apostles Peter and Paul and belongs to the late Gothic style. In a devastating fire in 1972 the roof structure of the church was completely destroyed. The main organ remained almost intact during the fire. In 2015, a spectacular fire in Nantes destroyed the roof of the Saint-Donatien basilica.
French Prime Minister Jean Castex thanked the local firefighters for their efforts on Saturday. He had traveled to Nantes with Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot and Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin to see the damage to the church. The reconstruction must be done as soon as possible, Castex said. The state will do its part, said the prime minister.