While work was being carried out to clear the motorway the police issued around 100 fines to motorists on the coast-bound carriageway that took photographs or filmed the accident scene while driving. All of those fined will have to pay 116 euro.
The accident happened just before 8am when a lorry that was transporting a large crane overturned. The 22 tonne vehicle blocked all three lane of the Brussels-bound carriageway of the motorway at Wetteren (East Flanders).
After having been closed for 5 hours, the motorway reopened at around 1pm. The closure of the motorway caused gridlock in a wide area around the accident scene.