Three Britons die in bus crash in Germany
13 February 2006, KERPEN, GERMANY - A collision involving two British buses near Cologne early Saturday killed two Britons - a schoolboy and a pensioner - and left 28 injured, four seriously, police said.
13 February 2006
KERPEN, GERMANY - A collision involving two British buses near Cologne early Saturday killed two Britons - a schoolboy and a pensioner - and left 28 injured, four seriously, police said.
A third passenger, secretary Jane Irving, 53, from the Norwich School in Norfolk died on Monday due to injuries sustained in the accident, according to ITN.
The accident took place on the A4 near Kerpen. One of the buses was reportedly hit by a truck after it stopped by the side of the motorway, and the second bus then struck the truck.
Most of the injured were schoolchildren on their way to a skiing holiday in Austria. The dead boy, aged 14, was struck by an iron rod being carried by the truck. The pensioner, aged 70, was in the second bus, seated next to the driver.
Police said one of the four seriously injured was in a critical condition. A total of 108 people had been in the two buses, and the motorway was closed for hours as eight doctors and over 200 other emergency personnel attended the accident site.
The two buses were from Norwich and Ipswich in eastern England. The first had stopped by the side of the motorway, apparently for a wheel change after a puncture.
First reports said part of the vehicle was believed to have been in the traffic lane. The truck struck it, slewed across the motorway, and was hit by the second bus.
Police said it was pure chance that the two buses each had schoolchildren and students from eastern England. The shocked pupils, aged between 12 and 18, were being looked after in a local school by teams of psychologists.
DPA with Expatica
Subject: German news