At least five people killed after bus crashes on German motorway

By Isaac M March 28, 2024

At least five people have been killed after a bus crash on a motorway near the German city of Leipzig.

The accident took place on the A9 motorway on Wednesday morning and it was closed in both directions.

There were “numerous casualties”, police have said.

The bus overturned on the busy motorway that connects Berlin to Munich, although “the exact circumstances of the accident are not yet known”, said Flixbus, the vehicle’s operator.

Pic: Jan Woitas/picture-alliance/dpa/AP
dpatop - 27 March 2024, Saxony, Schkeuditz: Emergency vehicles and rescue helicopters are at the scene of the accident on the A9. At least one person has died in an accident involving a coach on the A9 near Leipzig. According to police reports on Wednesday, there were also several injuries. Photo by: Jan Woitas/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
Pic: Jan Woitas/picture-alliance/dpa/AP

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Emergency vehicles and a rescue helicopter work at the scene of the accident on the A9, near Schkeuditz, Germany, Wednesday, March 27. 2024. (Jan Woitas/dpa via AP)
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Rescue helicopters and ambulances also attended the scene.

Some 53 passengers and two drivers were on board the bus which was travelling from Berlin to Zurich.

The double-decker vehicle was later turned upright to continue the recovery effort, German news agency dpa reported.

The Leipziger Volkszeitung newspaper reported the nearby Deaconess hospital had prepared for the casualties, having reserved operation rooms and by putting CT scans on standby.

Flixbus told Sky News it “regrets” to confirm the accident and its current focus is on providing support to all passengers.

It added: “For uninjured passengers, we offer onward transportation to their desired destination and are also personally available to provide support.”


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