Slippery Peril: Harrowing Incident on Ida-Virumaa Roads

On the evening of January 15, 2024, a distressing traffic accident occurred in Ida-Virumaa, Lüganuse Parish, on the Tallinn-Narva highway at the 142nd kilometer. A 39-year-old man, driving a Volvo FH-400 truck with a trailer, lost control of his vehicle due to slippery road conditions and veered off the road. The driver was subsequently transported to the hospital for treatment.

The Jõhvi Police Department has released a video clip of this serious accident, highlighting the risks associated with not adapting to road and weather conditions. The truck driver, failing to adjust his speed accordingly, lost control of his vehicle, leading to the accident. It was fortunate that no other vehicles were involved at the time, which could have resulted in a much more tragic outcome. Thankfully, the driver of the truck escaped with just a major fright.

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the unpredictable nature of road conditions during winter. Drivers are advised to select a speed appropriate for the conditions, keeping in mind that stopping distances can significantly increase on slippery surfaces. Road grip can vary dramatically, especially in windy areas, where one moment the road might be clear and the next covered with black ice.

We urge drivers to allow extra time for their journeys during these conditions – it’s better to arrive late than not arrive safely. Safety should always be the primary concern, not just for oneself but for all road users, as everyone is expected back home, safe and sound.

For updated information on road conditions before setting out, travelers are encouraged to visit the portal tarktee.ee. Remember, safety is paramount, and by being cautious, we protect not just ourselves but everyone on the road.

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