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Dozens injured in Düsseldorf bus crash

The Local · 23 Dec 2010, 14:47

Published: 23 Dec 2010 14:47 GMT+01:00

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Nineteen children headed to their last day of school before Christmas, as well as six adults, were hurt, police said. Eight children and four adults were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Witnesses said the 45-year-old driver suddenly slumped forward around 7:30 am. The runaway bus scraped along a row of parked cars and careened through two intersections before running off the road and smashing into a tree.

The bus hit with such force that the tree tore a massive rent down the middle of the bus.

Click here for a photo gallery of the crash.

Fire officers had to cut the severely-injured driver free from the mangled wreckage. He appeared to have suffered an “internal emergency” at the wheel before the crash, police said, though they were unable to give details.

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Parents rushed to the accident site. Tents were set up for the parents and to treat the injured at the scene.

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Your comments about this article

17:53 December 23, 2010 by yhsanjay
Makes sad reading.Hope the children get back to normal health soon.
18:04 December 23, 2010 by DinhoPilot
"Well it wouldn't be xmas without it (could happened any other day but...)"

Best wishes for all those affected and a fast recovery!
17:04 December 24, 2010 by cklb
@yhsanjay: So what happened to the driver doesn't matter at all? From what it sounds he had a stroke, and his live could be ruined for the next few years. Children normally recover quite fast (I was one once, and I had quite a few accidents that I survived just fine; therefore I am allowed to say stuff like that).
17:18 December 24, 2010 by Christine1
May God bless and take care of all of those involved.
21:10 December 24, 2010 by wxman
Driving Safety 101, Week One, Day One, First Hour: When the pavement has snow and ice on it, you cannot stop or slow down as easily as usual. DUH!
15:20 December 25, 2010 by garryq
@wxman Reader 101. It wasn't bad driving. The guy had a stroke or similar.
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