A month and only a few hundred meters separate the two accidents. Wednesday morning at dawn, two Germans were killed on the N79 in Montbeugny, near Moulins (Allier). For reasons still unknown, according to local police, their vehicle veered to the left and crashed into a truck coming from the opposite direction. Two trucks were following the car went into the ditch to avoid it. The two occupants of 23 and 28 years, died on the spot.
Wednesday, March 24, shortly before midnight, still on this national, are twelve Portuguese who died as a result, again , a collision with a truck that was traveling in the opposite direction. Obviously, the driver of the vehicle had entered a dangerous overtaking. Certainly, their vehicle was a van fitted out in the traditional way by minibus with “makeshift offices” had found the prosecutor of Moulins, Pierre Gagnoud. But again, it is this portion of the national who is singled out.
The N79 is part of the CEAR (Route Centre Europe Atlantique) a road that crosses France from East to West. Completely free, it is very popular heavyweight, which constitute up to 45% of daily traffic – nearly 6,000 trucks daily. “We see a lot of foreign trucks, Eastern countries, who go to Spain,” we explained André Accary, president of neighboring County Council of Saône-et-Loire, also crossed by the CEAR, after the death of Portuguese passengers.
Now, in these two departments, this route is mostly twice a route with only a few sections converted into dual carriageway. A height of Montbeugny, the National is a path twice. The Department of Transportation has recognized, after the tragedy that killed the Portuguese, “security problems exist on this infrastructure, highly accident-prone” . Mayor Montbeugny, interviewed by the newspaper Mountain, says “sadness and incomprehension” . Next Saturday, a “quarantine Mass” (traditionally held forty days after death) will be held in the church of the town, in memory of Portuguese victims.
this section common to both departments was appraised in 2010 by the equipment of technical studies center (Cete) Lyon, a state agency. There is no more accident-prone than other similar national, but accidents are much more serious, precisely because of the tight flow of traffic and the presence of many trucks. Of the 176 kilometers from RCEA that crosses the two departments, the study recorded 151 accidents in 2005-2009. Of these accidents, 134 were classified as serious, killing 69 people and hospitalized 192 injured. Even the locals refuse to go this route, told us in March, a resident of Moulins, who opened a Facebook page in 2008, CEAR, four ways to stop the massacre. He himself avoids: “We know that at one time or another, it will crash. I have a friend who works in Samu, when they go on the CEAR is to pick up the pieces “ Gérard Dériot, president of the Allier département council, the also bypasses. ” it’s too dangerous, you could crash at any time. “
At the dangerousness of this route adds behavior sometimes risky for some drivers: 25% of French recognize roll to 120-130 km / h on national and departmental instead of 90 km / h regulations, according to a survey of Axa Prevention published last week. And 32% of motorists say adapt their pace of action to that of others.
83% of motorists drive at least once a week on a road, for a journey like an average of 25 km. Accidents on two-way roads account for more than half the road deaths, according to Road Safety.