Three people died early on Sunday morning in an accident on Autobahn 8 near Pforzheim, including the 35-year-old who caused the accident.

According to the police, the man had driven his car from a parking lot against the direction of travel on the highway.

There the car crashed head-on into another car: two of the occupants of this car died, two others were seriously injured.

The 35-year-old also succumbed to his injuries.

Further details were initially not known, as a police spokesman said.

The A 8 between Pforzheim-Ost and Pforzheim-Nord was completely closed.