13 dead in German tour bus crash

by Alister POOLE on September 27, 2010

At least 13 people are dead after a coach full of Polish passengers crashed outside Berlin, authorities have said.

The bus veered off the A10 motorway near Schoenefelder Kreuz just 30kms from Berlin. At least 13 fatalities have been identified with an additional 39 injured in the Sunday morning crash.

Initial inquires indicate that the bus was forced off the highway by another motorist, said a police spokesman. The driver of that vehicle is also said to be injured. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk arrived in Berlin along with Health Minister Ewa Kopacz to view the crash site.

A shaken Mr Tusk gave a brief statement after visiting the injured passengers at the Berlin hospital. He said that he was grateful for the help the German authorities had provided.

Prior to his arrival, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany phoned Mr Tusk to give her condolences. Later, the two leaders met at the Polish embassy in Berlin. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle also made a statement saying that the incident had affected both Germany and Poland.

Police spokesman Jens Quitschke said that it appears as though the driver in the car lost control when joining with the A10. After losing control, the vehicle smashed into the Polish travel coach, which was heading back to Poland from Spain.

Police and fire crews arrived in large numbers at the site of the accident. At least 250 were dispatched to the scene from the surrounding region. Helicopters arrived as well to airlift the more seriously injured passengers to a hospital in Berlin. German officials have set up an information point for victims families in Poland.

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said November 8, 2010 at 10:05 pm

it is very bad news

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