Pile-up in freak German sandstorm
A freak sandstorm that swept across a motorway in northern Germany caused a multiple pile-up, leaving eight people dead and dozens injured.
Sand and dirt were blown onto the four-lane A19 near Rostock, close to the Baltic Sea in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania state, on Friday.
The pile-up involved 80 cars and three lorries, with 20 vehicles set ablaze.
A combination of recent dry weather, ploughing of fields and high winds was blamed for the accident.
- 9 April 2011
- BBC News