The Benz was speeding on Saturday and hit a taxi. Six people were seriously injured, including a baby.
While speeding, the 31-year-old driver crashed into a taxi waiting at the traffic lights at the Feldmark junction in Gelsenkirchen. In the accident at the intersection of Hans-Böckler-Allee and Fürstinnenstraße, eight people were injured, six of them seriously, police said on Sunday.
The allegedly drunk driver therefore saw the stopped taxi too late, and the driver’s emergency brake was no longer able to prevent a collision with the car in front, police said. “The taxi was thrown into the intersection by the force of the impact, hit the side of a pole and eventually came to rest in the opposite lane of travel,” police said.
The guests of the taxi had to be taken to the hospital
In addition to the 33-year-old passenger, there was also a 19-month-old baby and an eight-year-old child in the car that caused the accident. While the driver of the car was only slightly injured, the three people in it were taken to the hospital by ambulance with serious injuries. The 50-year-old taxi driver suffered minor injuries. Three passengers in the taxi were also seriously injured and taken to the hospital. A 58-year-old man was trapped in the back of the taxi and had to be freed from the vehicle by rescue equipment from the fire department.
Extensive damage was caused to both vehicles. “Since the 31-year-old who caused the accident was suspected to be drunk on the road, a blood sample was taken,” the police said. “Furthermore, there are suspicions that he drove without having a valid driver’s license.” He was briefly arrested at the scene. He is now facing criminal charges.