There were dozens of accidents on Brabant’s roads in the evening and evening last Sunday. This is due to the slippery, KNMI issued code orange earlier in the day. The control room at the Central and West Brabant Police Station is flooded with phones.
The first problems arise in the western and central parts of the province. Dozens of disasters were reported in Bergen op Zoom, Steenbergen, Terheijden, Breda and Tilburg, including the A4 and A58 motorways.
Mainly body damage
There were also incidents at Uden and Valkenswaard later that night. In a few cases, people were injured, but most of the time the car was only slightly dented.
The Rijkswaterstaat received “nearly 500” reports of slippery accidents across the Netherlands on Sunday evening and night. An average of 10 to 15 reports are made each Sunday — if the weather is not icy — according to a spokesman.
“Biggest Spread of the Year”
Only around 4:15 p.m. code orange (be ready) was withdrawn at a time when temperatures rose above freezing everywhere. Then briefly apply the yellow code (alert). The warning was lifted around 6 am
To prevent slipperiness, more than 13 million kilograms of salt have been sprinkled on the Rijkswaterstaat since Sunday afternoon. The gritters have driven around 140,000 kilometers in total. “This is the largest dissemination event of the year,” the spokesperson said. In total, nearly 32 million kilograms of salt have been spread on the Rijkswaterstaat this year.
There was another accident in Aarle-Rixtel this morning when a car slid off the Broekdalerbaan and crashed into a roof. Whether slippery plays a role is under investigation. The driver was able to get out of the car on his own and was taken to hospital.
Source: Omroep Brabant