Probe after crash kills 12 tourists
AT least 12 people were killed and dozens injured yesterday when a bus carrying Polish tourists crashed on the highway southeast of Berlin.
Arne Feuring, president of police in Frankfurt an der Oder, said seven of the wounded were in critical condition, while another 27 suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.
Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Health Minister Ewa Kopacz were due in Berlin last night to view the crash site and visit the injured, who were being treated in several hospitals across the city.
Ahead of his arrival, Chancellor Angela Merkel called Mr Tusk to express her sympathy.
"This accident affects not only our Polish friends, but us as well," German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said in a statement.
"Our deepest sympathy and our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victims in their dark hour."
Authorities believe the bus, carrying 49 Poles on their way home from a holiday in Spain, crashed into a car that was merging on to the highway and then slammed into a pylon.
The merging car's 37-year-old driver was among the injured, police said.
An investigation into the accident has been launched.