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An argument between two drivers and their families on the Cologne motorway escalated into an open fight.

The fracas saw the motorway – Germany’s oldest, which connects the western cities of Cologne and Bonn – closed in one direction by police for 90 minutes.

What do we know happened?

Police in the western German city responded to the incident on Saturday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. local time on the shoulder of the A555 motorway.

About ten people, including the drivers and passengers of a taxi, a BMW and a third car, were involved in the fight.

The 32-year-old BMW driver allegedly cut off the taxi driver as he merged. The two vehicles then stopped on the shoulder near Cologne-Godorf shortly after the Cologne-Rodenkirchen exit where the two drivers began to argue.

The 59-year-old taxi driver was transporting his family at the time. They got out of the car and intervened. The taxi driver’s son, who was in the vehicle behind him, also pulled over and got involved.

The police recover a knife

Authorities said the taxi driver and an 18-year-old in one of the vehicles needed medical assistance at the hospital due to “internal emergencies”. Seven people left with minor injuries.

A police spokesman said: ‘They were able to leave the hospital again without complaint.

Police dogs helped retrieve a knife used in the altercation in the grass beside the highway.

Those involved were charged with dangerous bodily harm, threatening behavior and traffic violations. Phillip Hüwe, a police spokesman, said: “Both groups acted completely irresponsibly.”

ar/rc (AFP)

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