The escape of a German prisoner ends in a fatal accident in France | Germany


The escape of a German from a day release program from prison sparked a cross-border manhunt that ended hours later in a fatal accident in neighboring France, police said on Wednesday .

The 28-year-old fugitive hijacked a car at gunpoint in Mannheim, 300km southwest of Berlin, on Monday, forcing the driver off onto a motorway before leaving it at a rest area.

The man later caused a multi-vehicle accident, continuing his escape by hijacking a second car belonging to a man who had stopped to offer help.

The fugitive then crossed the border into France where he was involved in a head-on collision near the city of Nancy and died, police said.

The inmate was in an open-air prison and was free for a day when he escaped, officials said.

Police could not immediately say how the man obtained a gun or how much time he had left to serve.


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