Austria: 1 dead in 100 car pileup

March 25, 2008 6:55:39 AM PDT
Fifty to 100 vehicles slammed into each other Tuesday in heavy snowfall on a highway in northwestern Austria, killing one person and injuring at least 30 others, police said. Police in the province of Upper Austria said five of the injured were seriously hurt.

Some people were believed to be trapped in their vehicles and rescue efforts were hampered by the snow, police said.

The accident happened on the westbound A1 autobahn between the towns of Seewalchen and St. Georgen, northeast of Salzburg, police said. That section of the autobahn has been closed in both directions.

No other details were immediately available.

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