Car fell 45 meters on Axenstrasse – search continues on Monday
Massive operation after a tragic accident on Axenstrasse: Police divers are searching for an underwater vehicle. The car broke through the railing when the wolf jumped and fell into Lake Lucerne.
A vehicle was traveling in the direction of the Mosie Tunnel from the south on Exenstrae. Shortly after the wolf jumped, it touched the cliff on the right, crossed the left lane and apparently broke through the railing at high speed. The car flew over a 50 meter high cliff and disappeared into the lake. It is not yet clear how many people were in the vehicle.
Schwyz Cantonal Police writes: “At this time a car on the opposite lane collided with a loose wheel of the accident vehicle and was damaged.” The car occupant suffered minor injuries and needs to be treated on the spot.
At 12 noon several forces from the Brunen Rescue Service and the Schwyz Canton Police came out. The water below the accident site was immediately searched. Police divers were on duty. Schwyz Rescue Service was on site with an ambulance and waited for a rescue operation in the village of Brunen, in the hope that people could still be rescued. A Rega helicopter landed at Auslandschweizerplatz after circling the crash site. After a good hour, there seemed to be no more hope. Ambulance and then went back to Riga.
Vehicle can be 180 meters deep
The car could not be traced till Sunday evening, it is at greater depth. “At this time the lake is up to 180 meters deep. People can no longer dive there,” says Florian Grossmann, media spokesman for the Schwyz Canton Police. Police need appropriate technical equipment to be able to search, for example With remote-controlled cameras. Schwyz Police would be relying on support from outside the canton.
After a brief stop the traffic on Exenstrae was again single-lane. Another closed at 2:30 pm.
The search for the sunken vehicle should continue on Monday as well. The Zurich Police have a specially equipped boat that can detect objects at great depths. After this, additional heavy equipment will have to be arranged for rescue. If Zurich Police aides can’t help, there are private providers with comparable equipment.