Four dead and more than 40 injured in bus accident

Four dead and more than 40 injured in bus accident

About 40 other occupants were injured, some of them seriously. According to police, the bus came to a halt again on its wheels. The accident was apparently caused by a car driver who suffered minor injuries.

According to police, the 49-year-old’s car skidded between the kirchheim interchange and the bad hersfeld junction in the direction of the east and crashed into the bus. "We can’t say anything yet about why it (the car) skidded," said police spokesman thomas rodemer in fulda. "An expert will look at the vehicles," said another police spokesman.

It will take a few more days for the investigation to be evaluated, he stressed. The bus driver (52) lost control of his vehicle due to the force of the impact, the bus broke through the guardrail for about 100 meters and crashed down the embankment. His panes shattered, the roof was partially imprinted.

According to the police, the fatalities are an 83-year-old woman and two men aged 74 and 79. The age of another woman was not known at first. The driver of the car tried to administer first aid himself. He suffered a shock.

According to the travel company palatina, there were 45 people and the driver on the bus, which was traveling for a company from calw in the northern black forest in baden-wurttemberg. The passengers from the palatinate and the mannheim/heidelberg area were planning to celebrate the new year in leipzig, according to businesswoman mathilde nuber in hanhofen near speyer. Most of the passengers came from the region between sudpfalz, kaiserslautern and frankenthal. Among the injured is a woman from the rhein-neckar district.

More than 100 rescuers, including fire departments from surrounding counties and three rescue helicopters, were on the scene. The freeway was completely closed for hours and in the afternoon one lane was reopened for traffic in the direction of eisenach and the other lane was completely reopened for traffic in the opposite direction. In the evening the recovery of the bus was started.

The travel company reacted to the accident in horror. "We are very, very concerned. I have always wished with all my heart that the good lord would save us from something like this," said the 64-year-old businesswoman, nuber. You know many of the bus passengers for a long time personally. On its website, the company published an emergency number for detainees.

Rhineland-palatinate’s minister president malu dreyer (SPD) and the state CDU leader julia klockner also reacted with dismay. "Their thoughts are with those affected and their relatives," government spokeswoman monika fuhr announced. Klockner said: "this is terrible and hard to imagine what it means for the victims and their families"."

The RDA international bus tourism association criticized the guard rails in the area of the A 4. "RDA experts believe that the guardrails, which are only 70cm high, are too low and not stable enough to repel a high deck bus that is about 3 meters high," it said in a statement. The bus driver is not to blame.

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