Fog wreaks havoc in traffic, shuts down ports

This weekend’s bout of fog and glaze wreaked a havoc in road, water and air traffic in several regions in Romania. According to the Infotrafic Centre, quoted by Mediafax, traffic was affected yesterday morning on the A1 Bucharest-Pitesti and A2 Bucharest-Constanta highways, as well as in counties Covasna, Ilfov, Mures, Harghita, Alba, Sibiu, Brasov, Calarasi and Dambovita. The visibility range on A1 dropped below 50 metres yesterday. Similar problems were reported on DN7 in Arges County, on the Pitesti-Gaiesti segment. Problems related to low visibility were also reported in the Northern half of Ilfov County, while on the national roads 71 and 72 the visibility range dropped below 100 metres. Low visibility and hoarfrost deposits led to two light accidents on DN1, in the vicinity of Baicoi (Prahova County). According to the aforementioned source, two vehicles skidded because the drivers failed to adapt the speed to weather conditions. Happily, there were no fatalities. The authorities even decided to close the Transilvania Highway (A3) for a short term on account of glaze. They subsequently went back on this decision. “Traffic on A3 was resumed after the Campia Turzii–Turda and Turda-Gilau segments had been closed on account of glaze. Anti-skidding products were scattered on the highway and the Traffic police advises drivers to reduce speed and to drive cautiously,” the spokesman for the Cluj Traffic Police, Sorin Precup, stated. According to the latter, eight cars were damaged or involved in collisions on A3, because of the glaze. Some of the vehicles collided against the guardrails.

Railway traffic was affected as well after a long-distance truck fell from a bridge on a railway, somewhere between Simeria and Petrosani, stalling trains in the area for a couple of hours. According to, the truck driver failed to adapt the speed to the weather conditions, skidded and went off the road. The cabin ended up on the railway, while a piece of the trailer remained hanging to the rails of the bridge above the Simeria-Petrosani railway.

Fog also led to the closing of the Midia, Constanta Nord, Constanta Sud (maritime and fluvial) and Mangalia harbours, as the visibility range at sea had dropped to under one sea mile. Barge traffic through the Agigea lock on the Danube – Black Sea canal was also stalled for the same reason. However, operations were resumed yesterday afternoon. Several flights were affected, in turn, by yesterday’s fog. The longest delay was reported by the Otopeni – Sibiu – Munich flight, which took off four hours and a half later than scheduled because of the fog in Sibiu. Three flights coming in from Iasi, Timisoara and Suceava also reported delays from the scheduled arrival time.

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