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Brenner motorway (A13) in Tyrol: Heavy snowfall

Photo: Markus Angerer / dpa

Due to heavy snowfall, the Austrian Brenner motorway was closed southbound between Innsbruck and the Brenner Pass on Friday.

The motorway operator Asfinag did not announce how long the important traffic route from Germany to Italy would remain closed.

According to Asfinag, around 40 centimeters of snow fell within a short period of time on Friday.

Despite the ban on driving and overtaking, trucks used several lanes of the highway and then got stuck in the snow.

The trucks blocked snow removal vehicles and other cars, it was said.

According to information, there were more than 20 clearing vehicles and tow trucks on the highway.