Several killed in a Flixbus crash on the highway – DW – 03/27/2024

Several killed in a Flixbus crash on the highway – DW – 03/27/2024

At least four people were killed in an intercity bus accident near the city of Leipzig on Wednesday, police in the eastern German state of Saxony said.

Rescue helicopters and several ambulances were seen in the area, and the A9 motorway, which connects Berlin and Munich, was closed in both directions.

More than 20 people were injured when a bus veered off the highway. The injured were transported to area hospitals.

The bus was operated by the German company Flixbus, which is especially popular among young people and students due to its cheap ticket prices.

Cause of Flixbus accident still unclear: DW’s Alex Gerst

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What we know about the accident

The bus was heading from Berlin to Zurich, carrying about 53 passengers and drivers.

The car left the road north of the Schkoditz intersection next to Leipzig/Halle Airport at approximately 9.45 a.m. local time (0845 GMT).

“Several people were fatally injured in a serious accident on the A9 motorway. There are many victims,” ​​police in Saxony said on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

There were reports that other passengers were injured. The bus was said to have deviated from the highway and collided with its side for unknown reasons.

“The exact circumstances of the accident are not yet known,” Flixbos said.

The company said: “We are of course working closely with local authorities and emergency services on site and will do everything in our power to quickly and completely clarify the cause of the accident.”

According to media reports, no other vehicle was involved in the accident, indicating the possibility of technical or human error.

Rescue vehicles around the accident site
The A9 is a major north-south road connecting Berlin with MunichPhoto: Jan Woytas/DPA/Alliance Image

Martin Dolig, Minister of Transport in Saxony, expressed his sympathy to those affected. “My thoughts are with the families of the victims and the injured,” Dulig said.

“I would like to thank the many emergency services who quickly provided assistance.”

By early afternoon, the highway was reopened to traffic heading toward Berlin. DW correspondent in Berlin, Alex Gerst, said that all the injured were transported to hospitals, some by helicopter.

RC/WMR (dpa, AFP)

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