German police say a drunk lorry driver rammed his vehicle into parked cars after ignoring a red light in southern Germany
BERLIN — A drunk truck driver rammed into parked cars after ignoring a red light in southern Germany, pushing cars into buildings and setting some of them on fire, a announced the police.
Three people were lightly injured and 31 vehicles damaged in the incident in Fuerth, just outside Nuremberg, on Tuesday evening.
The truck driver first jumped a red light, hit a car that was at a crossroads in the process, and drove on without stopping, according to a police statement. Shortly after, the truck rammed several parked cars and pushed them forward, some of them against the walls of buildings.
The collisions set fire to several cars, the facade of a house and the truck itself. The house was evacuated.
The driver, a 50-year-old Turkish citizen with no permanent residence in Germany, was arrested at the scene, police said. A blood alcohol test showed he was several times over the driving limit, they added.
The truck driver, the driver of the car he hit at the red light and a passer-by were slightly injured.