reports that 40 of the cars were damaged in a single crash just before midday on Wednesday, while another pileup later in the day took place 100 kilometers south of Prague and involved even more vehicles. Between the two crashes, only seven people were injured: a surprisingly low number, given the severity of the blizzard.
The highway was blocked for hours after the incident, which was just one of the problems associated with the recent winter storms in the country. According to the Telegraph
, the cold snap in Eastern Europe has caused 650 deaths so far. The weather has been so severe that farmers are keeping their livestock in their own homes, and one flight instructor in Romania even started airlifting supplies to people who had been snowbound.