01.07.2022, Niedersachsen, Lehrte: Blick auf die gesperrte Autobahn A2 bei Lehrte in der Region Hannover. Die Autobahn 2 ist wegen Bauarbeiten bei Hannover seit Donnerstagabend voll in Richtung Berlin gesperrt. Die Sperrung zwischen Hannover-Ost und Peine dauert das ganze Wochenende über bis Montag 18.00 Uhr. Auf etwa drei Kilometer Länge wird auf der A2 die Fahrbahndecke erneuert. Foto: Julian Stratenschulte/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++

In a rear-end collision on Autobahn 2 near Burg in Jerichower Land (Saxony-Anhalt), several people are believed to have died, but at least one truck driver. A police spokeswoman said in the evening that he drove into a traffic jam on Tuesday afternoon and was fatally injured. The truck a car with caravan burned out completely. The spokeswoman said there was no reliable information on the exact number of dead or seriously injured.

In the accident at noon, the truck had pushed a car with a caravan onto a truck driving in front. The collision caused the truck to catch fire, police said. The fire therefore spread quickly. A thick cloud of smoke formed at the scene of the accident. The fire brigade began the rescue work in the early afternoon.

However, these were particularly difficult because, according to the police, the car was a hybrid vehicle. It had to be flooded because of the battery in a special container, said the spokeswoman. During the extinguishing work, the A2 was completely closed in both directions. According to the information, traffic in the direction of Hanover was diverted at the Burg-Zentrum junction, in the direction of Berlin at the Lostau junction.