About a week ago, the Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Kretschmann, was involved in an accident that may have been caused by aquaplaning. As a result, a child died. Now the politician has canceled appointments.
Due to the death of a one-year-old girl as a result of an accident involving an escort vehicle of the Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann (Greens), the Prime Minister declined public appointments on Monday. “For reasons of piety, we see ourselves unable to make arrangements,” a government spokesman said Monday.
On Monday afternoon, Kretschmann wanted to visit the first nature park of Baden-Württemberg, the Schönbuch, with Minister of Bos Peter Hauk (CDU). The appointment is expected to be made before the end of the week, the State Department said. Kretschmann’s participation in the car summit on Tuesday evening with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is planned.
“I am full of sorrow”
The prime minister responded with dismay to news of the little girl’s death on Sunday: “I am sad,” he said. A week ago, the head of government and his entourage were traveling on Autobahn 81 north of Heilbronn when his company car skidded on a wet road, hit a crash barrier and came to a stop on the emergency lane. Moments later, a car with three occupants – including the girl – collided into the escort vehicle from Kretschmann’s column.
The 33-year-old father of the child and the driver of the vehicle was seriously injured and a 29-year-old woman was slightly injured in the passenger seat. The public prosecutor of Heilbronn is investigating the father who is said to have caused the accident. Kretschmann, who was not behind the wheel, was unharmed.