By: Steve Dellar | 01-03-2018 | News
Photo credit: Rijkswaterstaat Nederland

Video - Truck Rams Amsterdam Tunnel

The Benelux is known as the centre of Western Europe, where every truck delivering anything to a major European nation has to pass. For this reason, the ring around Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Brussels in Belgium are the most congested cities around. Foreign truckers have trouble from time to time understanding the signs as to the height of the tunnel apparently, which was shown again today as part of the ceiling of the Zeeburger tunnel (part of the A10 highway), collapsed when a truck hit it on.

The Dutch national television service announced the closure of the tunnel for traffic heading south, leading to major congestion.

A man driving into the tunnel just after the accident had taken place filmed it with his dashboard camera, to an astonishing result at you can see.

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Rijkswaterstaat, as the Dutch road police is called, initially closed the tunnel in both directions. After investigations revealed that the tunnel was safe on the outer ring that direction was already reopened.

The tunnel will remain closed to southbound traffic for the time being. The Rijkswaterstaat is working on cleaning up the debris and investigating the extent of the damage.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="nl" dir="ltr">Update A10 ongeval Zeeburgertunnel: De buitenring is weer open voor het verkeer. Binnenring blijft voorlopig dicht. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#A10</a> R 10.1 <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; RWS verkeer (@RWS_verkeer) <a href="">January 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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According to a first interview report with the driver, he claimed that the roof of the container had flipped open because of the heavy wind just before entering the tunnel.

The Netherlands is being visited by a winter storm at the moment, with wind gusts of 70 miles per hour. This also led to another truck being blown off course on the A2 highway.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="nl" dir="ltr">Update A2 gekantelde vrachtwagencombinatie bij Breukelen. De berger heeft de vrachtwagen inmiddels weer op zijn wielen gezet. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#A2</a> R 47.0 <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; RWS verkeer (@RWS_verkeer) <a href="">January 3, 2018</a></blockquote>

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