Czech highway closed amid heavy snow, multiple car crashes

January 16, 2018

Firefighters check damaged trucks on the D1 motorway near Vetrny Jenikov, 100 kilometres (62 miles) South East of Prague on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. The main Czech motorway is blocked in both directions due to two accidents of 36 vehicles in total caused by snowing near Vetrny Jenikov. (Lubos Pavlicek/CTK via AP)

PRAGUE (AP) — Heavy snow in the Czech Republic has caused dozens of car crashes and closed down the country’s major highway.

The Czech Hydro-meteorological Institute warned the snowfall was expected to hit six of the country’s 14 regions, mostly in eastern Czech Republic.

The D1 highway, a key route that links the capital Prague with the country’s east, was blocked at several places after multiple crashes, including trucks.

At least two people have been injured.

Regional traffic control officials say some 100 car crashes were reported Tuesday in one southeastern region, where the country’s second-largest city, Brno, is located.

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