In the afternoon, the driver drove through the pedestrian zone in Trier. The car apparently accidentally hit people. According to preliminary information from the police, there are at least two killed and ten injured.
In Trier, a car driver crashed into a pedestrian street during possible madness. They are dead and wounded. Updated information is available here.
The police said that the driver of the off-road vehicle was detained. The arrested person is a 51-year-old German from Trier-Saarburg County. The vehicle is secured.
The background of the incident is still completely unclear. “We can’t say anything about the motivation at the moment,” said spokesman for the Trier Police Department Karl-Peter Jochem on Tuesday. – We don’t know why he did it. There are no signs in any direction. After stopping the driver, there is no longer any danger to the population. The traces would be saved now.
First, eyewitnesses reported that the car’s driver was racing across the pedestrian zone and deliberately hitting people. People were thrown into the air.
The driver is said to have driven his car from the Basilica of Constantine through the main square towards Porta Nigra through the pedestrian zone and accidentally hit people. It is said that this also applies to children.
The police first mentioned a few wounded, then also death. Trier mayor Wolfram Leibe (SPD) told reporters on the spot that it was a case of madness.
Nor was he able to give a reliable number of dead and injured. First of all, you need to deal with the victims.
Police asked the public to avoid large areas. Part of Trier city center is fenced off by car after the fatal incident to secure evidence. Everywhere in the center – also near the famous Porta Nigra – you could see blue lights on Tuesday. Many policemen and rescuers took part in the action. ADAC dispatched rescue helicopters.
Dreyer and Lewentz arrive in Trier
Rhineland-Palatinate Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) has expressed her dismay at the fatal car accident in Trier and the death toll. Home Minister Roger Lewentz (SPD) traveled from Mainz to the scene near Porta Nigra. Dreyer was also expected that afternoon. The press conference in Trier was announced at 19:00.
The federal government has also reacted with consternation to the alleged craze in Trier’s pedestrian zone. “What happened in Trier is shocking,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Twitter on Tuesday. “The thoughts are the relatives of the victims, many of the wounded and all those who have a responsibility now to look after the injured.”