Thursday 25 December 2014

10 killed in Germany bus pile-up

Published 19/07/2014 | 07:53

The crash involved three buses on a highway in eastern Germany
The crash involved three buses on a highway in eastern Germany

A crash involving several buses on a road in eastern Germany has killed 10 people and injured 69.

The crash near Dresden occurred when a Polish bus hit the rear of a Ukrainian bus and then broke through the central reservation barrier, slamming into a Polish minibus travelling in the opposite direction, police said.

The larger vehicle partly crushed the minibus before rolling down a verge.

Dresden fire chief Andreas Ruempel told German public broadcaster MDR: "In my 36 years of work as a professional firefighter, I've never witnessed an operation with such a large number of dead and injured."

Police said nine people died at the scene and a 10th died later in hospital. At least seven of the victims were travelling in the minibus, but it was unclear where the other three had been, police spokeswoman Jana Ulbricht said.

So far, three men and two women, all Polish citizens, have been identified among the dead, Ms Ulbricht said.

The driver of the Polish bus was among the injured. Prosecutors have opened an investigation against him on suspicion of negligent homicide.

Of the 21 people travelling on the Ukrainian bus, four received treatment for minor injuries.

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