A 44-year-old man died in Saturday’s pile-up on the M1 motorway near Herceghalom, the Budapest Police Headquarters (BRFK) said on their website. Altogether 41 vehicles were involved in the mass collision around 25km west of Budapest. Besides the deceased man, 39 people were injured, two with life-threatening injuries, while twelve are in a serious condition, the statement on the website said on Sunday. Another 25 sustained minor injuries. Ten children were among the injured, it added. The body of the deceased was found under the wreckage of a burnt-out car in the morning, according to the statement. Police are examining the circumstances of the mass collision as part of a criminal investigation, it said. Ambulances transported the injured to hospitals in Győr, in western Hungary, Budapest, Tatabánya and Székesfehérvár, Pál Győrfi, spokesperson of the National Emergency Services, said on Saturday.
Rescuers arrived at the scene with four helicopters and 16 ambulances.
The accident may have been caused by a localised dust storm which suddenly reduced visibility, according to a post on the social media page of the company that operates Hungary’s motorways. Traffic resumed in the direction of Budapest at after midnight on Sunday and at 5.15am in the direction of Győr.