New collapse on the AP-7. The motorway has registered kilometric queues this Thursday due to the accident of a tanker truck at the height of Barberà del Vallès, which has forced to completely cut off circulation in the south direction, towards Tarragona, at morning rush hour, as reported by the Servei Catalan of Transit (SCT).
The accident took place a few minutes before seven in the morning and the drivers were trapped for more than three hours, when shortly after ten in the morning two southbound lanes were reopened. Around 2:00 p.m., the other two lanes, which were closed for work to remove the truck with a crane, have been reopened to traffic. The incident has also caused some northbound lanes to be closed and around 8 a.m. they have all reopened in this direction.
In the most critical moments, the retentions have been more than 30 kilometers between Sant Cugat and Roca del Vallès. The circulatory collapse has also affected tens of thousands of drivers who access Barcelona with traffic jams on metropolitan roads on their links to the AP-7 on the B-23, C-58, B-30, C-59 and C-17 .
The circulatory collapse has also affected metropolitan roads such as the B-23, C-58, B-30 and C-59
The driver of the truck was unharmed after his vehicle caught fire and six crews from the Generalitat Fire Department have traveled to the scene. Although the fire has been extinguished quickly, the firefighters have also had to clean an oil stain caused by the accident for a couple of hours.
Drivers, outraged: “It’s a shame”
Between resignation and anger, drivers have expressed their discomfort. Some have described the situation as “embarrassing” or “surreal”. For example, there are students who have not arrived on time for university classes, as they have explained on social networks. This is the case of @nuriaviader, who got up at 6:45 and after more than four hours trapped, in the end she couldn’t attend class. “If I find out, I fall asleep,” she commented.
Being stopped for so many hours, there have been many who have left the vehicle to stretch their legs and some have even taken the opportunity to sunbathe. Bottles of water have been distributed among the drivers themselves to hydrate before the high temperatures.
Others have lamented that this circulatory collapse occurs at a time of rising fuel prices.
Long queues become chronic
The queues for kilometers have been repeated for another day when on Monday afternoon they were more than 20 kilometers due to the second Easter return operation, while daily congestion is usually common during the week when thousands of drivers access Barcelona every morning. Faced with this situation, the RACC warned yesterday that the traffic jams will worsen in the coming months, which is why it called for more financial and technical resources to find solutions. The automobile club proposes different measures to stop queues, such as prohibiting truck advances in certain time slots or encouraging the use of public transport.
For its part, the SCT is studying the hiring of a tow truck service located at various strategic points on the AP-7 to quickly remove vehicles in order to avoid traffic jams, as well as establishing additional lanes to give the highway greater capacity. It is also studying with the DGT to reduce the maximum speed allowed on this motorway from 120 km/h to 100 km/h in the sections where more accidents are recorded.