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22 road deaths in Luxembourg in 2013 so far
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22 road deaths in Luxembourg in 2013 so far

19.01.2014 From our online archive
Luxembourg has seen a string of fatal accidents this year, with 12 people killed on the country's roads in the past six weeks alone.

(CS/str) Luxembourg has seen a string of fatal accidents this year, with 12 people killed on the country's roads in the past six weeks alone.

On the whole, 22 people have lost their lives in traffic accidents this year so far, with the latest victim killed on Wednesday evening in a collision between a motorbike and a lorry.

To compare, in 2012 there were 34 road deaths, marking an increase from the year before when 33 people died on Luxembourg's roads.

While only one motorist died this year after running into a tree, a review is underway to determine whether traffic barriers can be installed along some stretches of country road.

This is thought to improve safety, for example between Schönfels, Kopstal and Mamer, as well as Bridel and Strassen. Constructing crash barriers would also make it unnecessary to cut down any trees.

However, as a minimum distance needs to be kept between the road, the barrier and the tree, the “Sécurité Routière” and the environment office are looking into how the project can be realised and where some trees might have to be removed for safety reasons after all.

In 2012, 12 deaths were caused by drivers running their car into a tree. In 2011, this number was at nine.