An incident in rush-hour traffic before the long Ascension Day weekend caused massive traffic delays on the Rheintalautobahn in the direction of Germany on Wednesday evening. The trigger was a rear-end collision in which a woman was injured and two vehicles were totally destroyed.
On Wednesday, around 5:35 p.m., the driver of a Renault was driving on the A14 Rheintalautobahn in the direction of Germany. Due to the heavy traffic, there was slow-moving traffic just before the Hohenems service station, which is why the woman – who was driving in the fast lane – had to brake her vehicle. The driver of a Mercedes minibus driving behind her noticed this too late and drove into the rear of the Renault despite immediate braking and an attempt to avoid it. Due to the violent impact, the right rear wheel of the woman’s car was torn off, the vehicle was pushed forward and pressed against the center rail on the left. The Mercedes came to a standstill at the outside guardrail. The Renault driver suffered bruises and was admitted to the Feldkirch State Hospital with suspected whiplash. The driver of the minibus was taken to the state hospital in Bregenz to clarify any injuries. According to the police, both vehicles were probably totaled. The Rheintalautobahn had to be completely closed between 5:55 p.m. and 6:52 p.m. for the duration of the vehicle recovery, resulting in a nine-kilometer backlog.