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Accidents abound on icy Swiss roads

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13:59 CET+01:00

Snow and icy conditions have caused chaos on Swiss roads, with cars and trucks overturning up and down the country.

On Wednesday, in the canton of Basel alone, 15 car accidents were reported within the space of a few hours, at a rate of one almost every quarter of an hour, police reported. Several cars needed to be towed.

The fire brigade was called on Wednesday morning to Wilen, where a truck crashed through a wall and overturned on the road. The accident caused over 100,000 francs ($109,000) of damage to the wall, the police said. A crane was required to remove the truck.

In Aesch, a car came off the road, slid across a sidewalk and plunged 20 metres into a field. The elderly driver and passenger were taken by ambulance to hospital.

A learner driver lost control in Diegten, gliding into the opposite lane and colliding headfirst with a van.

Another car skidded across some railway tracks in Appenzell, overturned and landed in a field.

Two cars crashed into a bridge barrier in Hölstein causing extensive damage. Luckily no-one was injured.

Temperatures on Wednesday plunged to -26 degrees in the Conches valley, with between -5 and -10 degrees recorded at lower altitudes.

The cold temperatures are expected to drop still further over the weekend, with temperatures reaching -12 on the plains, and as low as -40 in the mountains, the Tribune de Genève reports.

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