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Dozens injured in Düsseldorf bus crash

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Dozens injured in Düsseldorf bus crash
Photo: DPA
14:47 CET+01:00
More than 20 people, most of them children, were injured when a Düsseldorf bus careened through an intersection and smashed into a tree after the driver collapsed at the wheel Thursday morning.

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.

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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.

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

DPA/The Local

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