Monday 14 October 2019

Storm disrupts travel in Germany as man killed by falling tree

There was a lucky escape for the occupants of a car in Cologne when a piece of roofing felt crashed onto their vehicle.

A car drives through the snow-covered streets in Germany (Michael Reichel/dpa via AP)
A car drives through the snow-covered streets in Germany (Michael Reichel/dpa via AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Stormy weather has caused severe travel disruption in Germany, forcing cancellations and delays to rail and air traffic, particularly in the west of the country.

Police said a 47-year-old driver died when a tree fell on his car in Bestwig, about 62 miles north-east of Cologne.

However, there was a lucky escape for the occupants of a car in Cologne when a piece of roofing felt crashed onto their vehicle. Dashcam footage captured the moment.

Train operator Deutsche Bahn said it halted long-distance and some regional connections in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia after several lines were blocked by trees falling on tracks.

German news agency dpa reported that some flights were cancelled at Frankfurt airport, the country’s busiest, and two planes heading for Cologne-Bonn airport were diverted elsewhere due to strong winds.

A number of zoos were shut as a precaution because of the storm, while in Duisburg a large cargo crane was blown over, partially landing in the Rhine River.

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