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12 killed, more injured in motorway bus crash

The Local · 26 Sep 2010, 12:46

Published: 26 Sep 2010 12:46 GMT+02:00

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Initial reports suggested the bus driver was trying to avoid a car which was coming onto the motorway, lost control and smashed into the column of a bridge.

The accident occurred on the A10 between Rangsdorf and Schönefeld. The motorway was closed while around 250 emergency workers, some in rescue helicopters, tried to get people out of the bus and to hospitals.

Peter Salender, spokesman for the police in Frankfurt an der Oder said there had not been such a serious accident with so many dead in the region for a long time.

Police said the bus was Polish and was on the way to Poland from Spain.

Around 30 people are said to be injured, seven of whom are seriously hurt.

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14:15 September 26, 2010 by domiDDD
Very sad,

But I wonder how many hours the driver has been driving before the accident.

2?, 6?, 10? 12?
15:00 September 26, 2010 by DinhoPilot

This is madness...

Accidents happen!
21:13 September 26, 2010 by wxman
The bus was Polish? Does that mean it was manufactured in Poland, and if so, what does that matter? I suspect that actually the driver was Polish, but still, how was that a factor? Are Polish people viewed as more careless drivers?
06:37 September 27, 2010 by lordkorner
The bus ,traveling towards Poland , from from Spain,though not necessarily manufactured in either of though countries was driven by a man or woman but again not necessarily of Spanish or polish origin......happier now?
06:38 September 27, 2010 by toemag
The cause of the accident was a women driver in to big a motor driving to fast without due care and attention. No doubt she was blonde and reading or sending a text message at the time of the accident.


Oh what are the ban hammer wielder going to want banning today, Polish coaches driving through Germany on a Sunday or women drivers or using a mobile whilst driving.
06:42 September 27, 2010 by franconia
@wxman Did you know that there are a lot of Bus accidents in Poland every year? So, don't get your britches all in a twist about profiling. Yes, they don't care in Poland how long you have been behind the wheel and maintenance is sporadic at best. Remains to be seen if they stayed overnight someplace, coming from Spain. Have you ever been on A9 ? Well, i caution you, don't drive to close to Polish trucks !!!
08:16 September 27, 2010 by JohnPaul44
This is a terrible tragedy, so I will restrain myself from Polish jokes, blond jokes, or suggesting that busses should be banned.
09:46 September 27, 2010 by truespirit
Condolences to the kith and kin of the victims.

P.S: Its kind of shocking to see a mockery being made out of such a news.
22:16 September 28, 2010 by microbot
Before some of You start writing some stupid stereotypes just look at simulation of the crash: [url:http://patrz.pl/filmy/symulacja-wypadku-polskiego-autokaru]click here Old red mercedes drived by german ex policewomen is one to blame of this tragic accident.

The bus was in excellent cond. I live in Poland and I don't hear about bus crashes in my country. In that long jurney there are two or three other drivers in the bus.
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