German children hurt in Slovenia bus accident

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A bus carrying a group of German schoolchildren on holiday heading to Croatia veered off a motorway in Slovenia Monday, injuring three adults and three children, local police said.

The bus with 36 children aged between 14 and 15 and five adults on board swerved off the motorway near Kranj, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) north of Ljubljana at 6:00 am (0400 GMT), local media reported.

It was one of two buses carrying schoolchildren to the Croatian island of Krk for an end-of-term trip, according to the Internet news site 24ur.

The six injured, including the driver, were kept in hospital, although no one was in critical condition. The remainder of the group are currently in a hotel in Kranj awaiting their return home to Germany.

Police said the cause of accident was not yet clear, but no other vehicle appeared to have been involved.

Most of the children were still sleeping when the accident occurred and not wearing safety belts, according to the Slovenian news agency STA.

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