Central Switzerland, 08.11.2019

Serious accident in the A2 Kirchenwaldtunnel

A serious traffic accident on the A2 motorway on Thursday evening led to traffic chaos around Lucerne. A driver drove head-on into a niche in the Kirchenwald tunnel between Hergiswil and Stansstad, and suffered life-threatening injuries. The tunnels heading south had to be closed for an extensive period. At times, nothing was moving at all on the roads in Central Switzerland.

Now the reason for this is clear: A communication from the Cantonal Police Nidwalden states that a 75-year-old motorist came out of his lane for unknown reasons and collided head-on with the front wall of the first niche in the Kirchenwald tunnel between Hergiswil and Stansstad. The impact of the collision threw the vehicle back onto the road, where it finally came to rest in the overtaking lane. The driver suffered life-threatening injuries in the collision, and had to be rescued from the vehicle by the rescue service and the local fire department. The rescue service then took the casualty to a hospital.

The car of the 75-year-old driver - a wreck

The driver suffered life-threatening injuries

The cantonal police Nidwalden are currently clarifying the exact cause of accident in co-operation with the public prosecutor's office. The A2 motorway to the south had to be closed for more than two hours while registering the accident details and carrying out the salvage and cleaning work. The authorities redirected traffic south to Hergiswil via the main road. This resulted in massive traffic problems in Hergiswil and the agglomeration of Lucerne.

In addition to the Cantonal Police Nidwalden, the Rescue Service, the Stans fire brigade, the Hergiswil fire brigade, the national road operating company "Centras" and a towing company were in action during the incident.