Chaos on the Milan-Bologna motorway.
A herd of wild boar on the main A1 motorway south of Milan, near the Lodi turnoff, caused a three-car pile-up shortly before dawn on 3 January, with one driver killed and two more people seriously injured.
According to the highway police who attended the scene, the first car collided with two boars in the herd on the southbound carriageway and was forced to stop. A second vehicle was unable to avoid it in time, hitting the two carcasses and the first car.
When the driver got out of the second car, he was hit by a third car, which then collided with the two stalled vehicles, killing the driver, a 28 year old Polish national, on the spot.
A female passenger in the third car and the driver who had left the second car were both rushed to hospital in serious condition, while eight other travelers caught up in the collisions, including two minors, were treated on the spot for their injuries.
Farmers’ association Coldiretti complains that the number of wild boar in Italy has almost doubled in the past 10 years, reaching an estimated population of around a million. In Lombardy region alone, they have cause some 400 traffic accidents since 2013, the association reports.
Apart from the considerable damage they cause to crops, they are appearing more and more in urban areas as they hunt for food, freely available in rubbish skips, but risk causing havoc as they are relatively fearless and are unused to motor traffic. Several regions have launched plans to cull the herds.