Swedish RRT provide welcome relief during motorway pile-up
OVER 70 VEHICLES INVOLVED IN MULTIPLE PILE UP CLOSES THE E4 IN BOTH DIRECTIONS
A serious car and lorry accident involving more than 70 vehicles happened today shortly before noon on the E4 motorway just outside Helsingborg in southern Sweden. The conditions were very foggy and slippery following heavy snowfall. Tragically, one person died in this accident and up to 40 were injured. The Brethren RRT (Rapid Response Team) became aware of the scale of the incident after one of our members contacted an ambulance driver that was at the accident and he said they had not had anything to drink or eat for several hours.
At 15:30 plans were quickly made to provide assistance. Two generators were hired and supplies of coffee, tea, soup cakes etc. were purchased from the local shops by the Brethren and once at the accident scene a simple canteen was set up and the team began serving out coffee etc. It was -17 C and conditions were very severe, and the large numbers of officers from the fire and police service were very grateful for a hot cup of coffee and asked who we were. Later, further supplies of sandwiches and cakes arrived and were handed out to weary emergency crews and victims. Almost 100 gospel tracts were distributed to provide soul food and comfort in the difficult circumstances. One of the police men said they had been asking for years for an organization to come out with food and drinks when an accident like this happens, but it has never worked, another policeman hadn’t had a drink for 8 hours so they were VERY thankful for what was done for them.
The Plymouth Brethren Christian Church in Sweden have an organized group of volunteers who will assist during times of emergency.