A pile-up monster on the highway that connects la Roche-sur-Yon les Sables-d’olonne, in the Vendée, has made several dead and wounded, on Tuesday morning. What we do know.
Au least five people died in a pile-up, this Tuesday morning, between la Roche-sur-Yon and les Sables-d’olonne (Vendée). According to Bruno Retailleau, president of the regional council of pays-de-la-Loire, the victims were generally aged 60 to 80 years of age, but a person of 20 years” has lost the life. “The thick fog could be at the origin of pile-up,” said a source close to the investigation. On Monday evening, the Interior minister, Bruno Le Roux, arrived in the Vendée.
An injured man in absolute emergency. according To the prefecture, eight people were injured and evacuated to the hospital of La Roche-sur-Yon. One is in a “state of absolute urgency”, according to the same source. Sixty people are involved in this spectacular crash.
A fog “quasi-tight”. “There was a thick fog when the gendarmes arrived on the scene and they have taken the first shots. One could not see more than five metres. It is without doubt one of the first origins of the accident but all that remains to be seen,” explained the prosecutor of the Republic of la Roche-sur-Yon, Hervé Lollic. The public prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation to determine the causes of the accident. “The technical investigation started. It is still too early to say whether the accident started on the right track or on the way to the left,” continued the magistrate.
“I had never seen a fog this thick”
The survivors evoke a “wall of fog”. “All the vehicles are built in full force, without having had time to brake. Ca did not stop, this is where it was awful”. “All the vehicles are built in full force, without having had time to brake. Ca did not stop, this is where it was awful,” said Thierry, a man in his fifties who was travelling in the direction Les Sables d’olonne-La Roche-sur-Yon. He went to rescue “a lady trapped under a vehicle with a dead person next to her”.
“It has slowed down, it was crushed when we saw the cars but it was too late. The cars were already back in each other,” said Florence, who was in her car with her husband and son. “It is out of the car and it continued to unfold. It is party to be put in the shelter. It was a horror, all the people shouted, everyone came out of the cars.”
many Of the vehicles involved. thirty cars, five trucks and a utility are involved. According to the prosecutor at a press briefing at mid-day, thirty vehicles are overlapping each other. Sixty people are involved. To 9: 45 am, the fog has caused collisions on the D160 to the level of the town of Sainte-Flaive-des-Loups, in the two directions of traffic, explains France Bleu. The four lane has been closed to traffic.
A hundred firemen mobilized. The Plan Novi (backup device in the event of numerous victims) has been activated. “More than two dozen ambulances were dispatched on site. An advanced medical post was established and an emergency vehicle road (VSR) have been sent to désincarcérer passengers in their vehicles,” according to the fire department. A hundred firefighters have been dispatched on the spot as well as a hundred gendarmes.
The survivors are supported. Multiple vehicles and buses have been requisitioned by the authorities for transfer of the victims of the accident, not injured, to a town hall near you. A fervent chapel has been installed, and two rooms were open, one to collect the victims, one for families so that they can be with their loved ones. “All the people involved are going to be very soon made warm, reassured and above all supervised and assisted. This is the priority,” said the prosecutor.
technical investigations to understand the circumstances. medical examiners are expected to be on the scene for the “lifting body”. A helicopter should fly over the area to take 3D photos of the pileup. Screening for alcohol and drugs have been performed on some conductors, they are negative revenues.
VIDEO. Several dead in a pileup on a highway in the Vendée