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Frankfurt Airport bus rams crowd, killing one

The Local · 20 Jan 2011, 12:03

Published: 20 Jan 2011 11:07 GMT+01:00
Updated: 20 Jan 2011 12:03 GMT+01:00

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The shuttle bus hit the group while they were waiting at a bus shelter about 8:20 am, police spokesman Manfred Füllhardt said.

Reports said the bus ran over several people. One of them, a 24-year-old intern, died shortly afterwards. All of the five injured were airport workers. Two were in serious conditions, another police spokesman, André Sturmeit, said. The bus driver was taken to hospital suffering shock.

Airport operator Fraport said the bus involved in the accident served airport workers, not the general public. News magazine Stern reported that the shuttle bus was operated by the firm Frabus.

It was unclear what caused the accident. Sturmeit said there were no signs the driver had lost consciousness.

Public broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk reported the people were waiting at the Lufthansa cargo area at a bus stop along the road that runs around the airport. It was unclear whether there were any passengers already on the bus when the accident happened.

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14:31 January 20, 2011 by hanskarl
My deepest condolences to the family of this young woman. And my heartfelt prayers for the quick recovery of the injured.
15:28 January 20, 2011 by Gretl
"No evidence that he lost consciousness." More probably he was texting.
17:45 January 20, 2011 by teutonic-knight
Why would a bus suddenly drive into a group of people. Truly sad. I think the government must do more to protect people. harder tests and stricter laws for driver licence. Specially for bus licence. This is truly disturbing. One idiotes mistakes causes many to get injured and killed.
18:52 January 20, 2011 by rfwilson

What a ridiculous comment! How on earth is the government supposed to have prevented this accident? This attitude is ridiculous, that whatever goes wrong, and whatever is the cause, we need the government to step in and save us. How will "stricter laws" help when no one even knows the cause yet? Stricter laws against WHAT, exactly?
22:11 January 20, 2011 by catjones
Most airports have overlapping CCTV so this must have been caught on tape + the driver.
14:54 January 21, 2011 by venkyfra
Truly sad, horrible. Poor girl!!

Investigation is going open can of worms. All the parties involved should have to be blamed. The gate where this accident happened is quite new and bus parking is of odd shape, not ideal for bus parking.

Yes it has tons of CCTV with 360 coverage. Its very secure area. Lufthansa Cargo would have to be appreciated for their response of bringing in psychiatrist and help people with some counseling.

I take the same bus everyday. I was lazy and turned up to office late, else it could have been me ):
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