In an accident on the E17 near Destelbergen, one fatal victim fell on Wednesday morning, another victim was seriously injured. The four-truck accident occurred in the tail end of a traffic jam after a previous incident. A French driver drove it “at full speed” on three stationary trucks, according to the prosecutor’s office of East Flanders.
The first accident occurred at the Destelbergen complex around 6.50 a.m. A truck landed on its side for an unknown reason, and is hitting a bridge pillar of the complex. There were no casualties in that accident and only material damage.
But in the tail end of that traffic jam, a second accident happened with four trucks, with one fatality and another injured. A French truck driver drove “full speed” on three trucks that were stationary in a traffic jam, and did not survive the blow. This is evident from the initial findings of the traffic expert appointed by the Public Prosecutor’s Office of East Flanders. It is not clear whether the driver had fallen asleep. The truck tractor was seized for further investigation.
Hoist works until at least 1 pm
The motorway remains completely closed in the meantime. The hoisting and clearing work after the accidents will certainly take up to 13 hours. That says the fire brigade of Ghent (zone center), which still has to clean the road surface before the highway can reopen. Some of the trucks were not badly damaged and were able to move. But for the others, the fire brigade has to have a large tap turned on. Those hoist works are going on around noon.
After that, the fire brigade provides at least another hour of work to clear debris. Grains are then sprinkled to absorb oil traces, which must also be removed. The roadway is then steamed with detergent and rinsed. Only then will the highway be reopened to traffic, which is not planned until 1 pm.