A motorcyclist was killed in a serious accident on Bröltalstrasse near the sewage treatment plant in Büchel on Monday afternoon. A 41-year-old truck driver suffered serious injuries and had to be flown by rescue helicopter to a clinic in Cologne-Merheim.
The biker was heading towards Schönenberg. For a previously unexplained cause, he had entered the opposite lane on a straight line to the left. Unrestrained, he crashed into an oncoming transporter.
The man behind the wheel tried to brake, but could not prevent the collision. Both vehicles immediately went up in flames. The two-wheeler was thrown back, the driver remained lying next to the trailer.
The 41-year-old escaped from the burning cab but was burned. He got away from the truck as quickly as possible, which was completely on fire a few seconds later. 40 emergency services from the Ruppichteroth volunteer fire brigade rushed to the site under the direction of community fire inspector Ralf Schneider.
The first soldiers and police officers to arrive heard detonations. At first it was unclear whether the load consisted of dangerous goods, but it was axles. The sound of the explosion came from the decomposition of the fuels.
The dead could not be identified at first. Presumably it is the 27-year-old owner of the motorcycle, which was completely destroyed. The accident recording team secured the traces.
Extinguishing water and supplies ran into a stream that flowed a few meters further into the Bröl. Fire service members set oil barriers, the Neunkirchen fire brigade supported the Ruppichterother in Ingersau with another oil barrier. The B478 remains locked overnight. The heat has damaged the road, and oil and fuel have to be pumped out of the Bröl on Tuesday morning.
Since there are no witnesses to the collision itself, the police are asking for information: 02241 / 541-34 21.
Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.
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