Relatives of Polish crash victims due in Germany: embassy

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Nearly 100 relatives of victims of a Polish tourist bus crash that killed 13 people were due in Germany Monday, many not knowing if their loved ones were alive or dead, an embassy spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman, Kinga Wustinger, said the relatives were due to arrive in the late morning on two buses in the town of Koenigs Wusterhausen outside Berlin where police set up an information centre after Sunday's accident.

"The police are still identifying bodies so some of them do not know whether their loved ones are alive or dead," Wustinger told AFP.

"Some of the victims at hospital are unconscious and thus cannot be spoken to."

Six people injured in the crash on a rain-soaked motorway have left hospital, police said, while 32 were still in treatment at several clinics in the region, many of them still in a serious condition.

"Of the 20 people who were slightly injured, six have been released and returned home on board a bus supplied by the embassy," said police spokeswoman Bettina Schramm.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk arrived at the scene Sunday evening to speak with survivors.

Chancellor Angela Merkel offered her condolences and promised that Germany would do everything it could to save the lives of the injured, a government spokesman said.

Tusk returned to Warsaw late Sunday, Wustinger said.

Official buildings in the Brandenburg region surrounding Berlin lowered their flags to half-mast in honour of the victims, the state interior ministry said.

A car collided with the Polish tourist coach carrying 47 passengers and two drivers returning from Spain, causing the bus to lose control and crash into bridge pillars in the deadliest traffic accident in Germany this year.

© 2010 AFP

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