SARGANS – On Thursday, shortly before 3.40 p.m., a rear-end collision occurred between a car and a van converted into a mobile home on the A3 motorway between Sargans and Flums. After the collision, the RV caught fire and burned out completely. As the cantonal police in St. Gallen reported, three people were slightly injured and taken to the hospital by the ambulance service.
According to the police, a 34-year-old man drives his mobile home on the A3 motorway in the direction of Zurich. A 64-year-old man followed in his car. On the section between Sargans and Flums, the 64-year-old’s car crashed into the rear of the motorhome.
Both drivers were able to keep their vehicles on the hard shoulder and exit their vehicles. However, for reasons that are not yet known, the mobile home caught fire shortly after stopping. The responsible fire brigade brought the fire under control and was also able to extinguish a tree that had caught fire next to the motorway. The 34-year-old man contracted the accident supervision in the neck area. The 64-year-old driver and a passenger of the same age were also slightly injured. They were all taken to the hospital by the rescue service with two ambulances, so the dispatch continued. The mobile home was totaled, the property damage to the car also occurred at several thousand francs.
Traffic obstructions on A3
In addition to the fire brigade and the rescue service, several patrols from the St. Gallen canton police and a fire investigator from the Forensic Competence Center and the national road maintenance team were on duty. In addition, the Environmental Damage Service of the Canton of St. Gallen had to call in a specialist company to suck out a shaft due to leaking operating materials.
The A3 motorway was temporarily closed due to the fire. The lane in the direction of Chur was fully released shortly after 4 p.m., while traffic in the direction of Zurich was reopened in one lane shortly after 4:15 p.m. After the clean-up work, the A3 motorway has been open to traffic on both sides without restrictions since shortly before 6:30 p.m.