In Kiel, many motorists may have to take a significant detour this morning. According to the police, the Holtenauer Hochbrücke and the Kiel Canal were completely closed. This also applies to cyclists and pedestrians. At 4:37 a.m., a heavy-duty and work ship with a crane boom that it was transporting hit and damaged the Holtenau high bridge. The freighter was flying the Finnish flag on the canal towards Brunsbüttel (Dithmarschen district) when its cargo collided with the bridges. According to the police, the bridges suffered visible damage. According to the current status of the investigation, no one was injured. The B503 is one of the most important roads in the Kiel region. Many drivers use the Holtenauer Hochbrücke to drive to work in the Rendsburg-Eckernförde district or in Kiel.
Experts check the statics of the Holtenauer Hochbrücke
Experts should look at the damage and the statics of the bridges during the day. Traffic will be diverted. According to the police, drivers should avoid the B76 via Altenholz. It is still unclear when the bridges can be reopened. According to the police, several 25-tonne counterweights of the crane fell overboard in the collision. As soon as the statics have been checked, divers should go into the water to check whether and to what extent the weights endanger ship traffic. As a result, the canal is also closed to shipping in both directions until further notice. The fire brigade is currently trying to bind the hydraulic oil that ran into the sewer.
Consequences for bus traffic in Kiel
According to the Kieler Verkehrsgesellschaft (KVG), there are also restrictions for commuters who use public transport. According to KVG spokeswoman Andrea Kobarg, the buses from Strande, Schilksee and Holtenau are currently only going to the passenger ferry in Holtenau. There, passengers can cross the Kiel Canal. Passengers at the Holtenau pier told NDR Schleswig-Holstein that the ferry was running unscheduled shuttle services in the morning to transport passengers quickly across the canal. Nevertheless, queues had formed on the north side of the canal. According to the Waterways and Shipping Office, the “Adler 1” ferry can carry around 50 people and around 20 bicycles per trip. Cyclists and pedestrians are currently being taken alternately across the canal.
It was initially unclear how the collision came about and how much damage was caused to property. No information can yet be given about the damage to the ship, which is moored in the north port. The water police in Kiel have started the investigation.
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