Five dead, a person in a state of absolute emergency, a score of minor injuries. This is the heavy balance sheet of the pile-up killer, which occurred on Tuesday on the main road 160, in the Vendée, at the height of Saint-Flaive-des-Loups. While traffic has re-opened this morning on the RD160 in the direction Les Sables-d’olonne – La Roche-sur-Yon, several questions remain : who are the victims and what is known of this drama ?
on Tuesday morning, the road 160, connecting La Roche-sur-Yon and Les Sables d’olonne, in Vendée, is drowned in the fog. On the axis, limited to 110 km, of the witnesses are even talking about ” a white curtain, which fell one shot “. However, some vehicles are engulfed. The visibility is limited to five meters.
The first shock occurred at approximately 9: 45 p.m., at the height of the heat exchanger of Saint-Flaive-des-Loups. Then, it is a chain reaction. Forty vehicles, including five trucks and a utility, fit in the two directions of traffic.
According to the initial elements provided by the prosecutor of the Republic, the first accident occurred on the axis of The Sands/La Roche-sur-Yon. People would then be out of their vehicle to cross the road and take cover. Some would have been offended by the vehicles arriving in the other direction.
A heavy balance sheet
A balance sheet report five deaths, which are transferred to the institut medico legal of Nantes for autopsy. It is a woman and a man of 80 years, a woman and a 60-year old man and a young woman of 20 years. In total, 65 people are involved in the pile-up. One of them is seriously injured, but are vital prognosis is not engaged, 19 were slightly injured, and 40 are free, but it is particularly upsetting.
Quickly, 130 firefighters from 28 barracks, emergency physicians, and over 100 policemen were mobilized. The specific device Orsec Novi (many victims) and the operational centre county are activated at the prefecture of the Vendée.
On the express way, three modules advanced medical post, allowing to distinguish and condition of the injured serious and light are installed. They are, if necessary, transferred to the centre hospitalier départemental, La Roche-sur-Yon and the hospital of the Sables-d’olonne.
in addition to the cellule d’urgence médico-psychologique of the advanced medical post, the other three cells in the hospitals of La Roche-sur-Yon and Sables d’olonne. They are accessible to loved ones and to every person requiring psychological help.
the Two cars are made available by the county council to deliver the people free to the hall of Sainte-Flaive-des-Loups to be supported by the departmental association of victim assistance (Adavip), the Red Cross and the Association départementale de protection civile. A cell of information to the public is activated. It is necessary to dial 0 800 971 085.
Hervé Lollic, the chief prosecutor of the Republic of La Roche-sur-Yon indicates that a crisis of justice has been mounted jointly by the floors of La Roche-sur-Yon and Sables d’olonne. “ Our technical investigations are underway to determine the cause of the accident. “
It seems that the first shock, ” the cause of which remains undetermined “, is produced on the way to Les Sables-d’olonne-La Roche-sur-Yon. The first investigations show that ” people would be exits of the vehicles and allegedly crossed the expressway to get to the shelter. They have been hit by cars coming in the other direction ” explained, last night the attorney. “ added to this, a phenomenon of suraccident on the two tracks. “
The magistrate confirms that the fog would be an issue “essential” to the drama. “ the hearings of The persons involved will be cross-checked to reconstitute point by point the course of events. This may take some time. “
55 deaths in 2016 on the department’s roads
This county between La Roche-sur-Yon and Les Sables-d’olonne is not deemed to be accident-prone. “ Vendée, the infrastructures are not put in question “, note the prosecutor. “ The failure of human remains at the origin of the fatal accidents “.
The latest drama door to 55 the number of people who lost their lives on the roads of Vendée in 2016.
The Red announces the strengthening of controls on the roads
on the move In the Vendée in the late afternoon, the Interior minister, Bruno Le Roux, has held to send a message to ” strong “ on the rules of conduct in the end of the year 2016. ” I demand that the behaviours are appropriate to the circumstances, that is to say that the speeds can drop below limitations when there is a danger on our roads. There will be a strengthening of controls on all the roads of our country. There will be no leniency that will be given at the end of the year, as I could see and see the damage that can lead to accidents, in the Vendée, or elsewhere “.