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Seven people injured after two Flixbus accidents in Germany

A Flixbus drove into a truck near Karlsruhe. Near Bremen another bus's engine caught on fire.

Seven people injured after two Flixbus accidents in Germany
The Flixbus following the collision with a truck near Karlsruhe.

Three people were seriously injured after a Flixbus collided with a truck on the A5 near Karlsruhe. A fire brigade truck freed both of them from the coach.

Three people were moderately injured, and one was lightly injured. Rescue workers took them to hospitals.

The remaining 39 passengers on the bus, which was travelling from Munich to Amsterdam, were taken to a hospital in nearby Weingarten, where they were first attended to and later picked up by a replacement bus, reported Spiegel Online.

As of Wednesday morning, a northbound section of the A5 around the accident site remained completely closed, with a highway detour set up.

According to initial police findings, the Flixbus driver is not to be blamed for the incident. The truck driver involved wanted to pull into a parking lot, but the entrance was blocked by another truck, according to police.

Therefore he drove from the departure point of the lot into the right lane, where the coach could not avoid him any more.

Engine on fire

Firefighters on the Autobahn 1 extinguish the burning bus on Tuesday night. Photo: DPA

The crash was not the only trouble which a Flixbus bus encountered on Tuesday night. In another incident, a coach driver noticed several flashing hazard lights from other drivers on her way from Bremen to Hamburg.

At the Bremen intersection on the A1, she pulled over to the side of the road to check on her vehicle.

When she examined the coach more closely, she saw that the engine compartment was on fire.

The woman immediately evacuated the bus before the fire could spread inside of the bus. All 26 passengers were uninjured.

The fire brigade took the passengers to the nearest service area, where another Flixbus picked them up and took them to Hamburg.

The police closed the A1 completely for a few minutes, closing off one lane completely until 5 a.m.. Flixbus announced that it would investigate the fire in cooperation with authorities.

Flixbus, a popular intercity coach service, said it regretted both the incidents.

The accidents follow a Flixbus crash in late May, after which one person died and others were injured as a coach overturned near Leipzig.

SEE ALSO: One dead and dozens injured after Flixbus overturns near Leipzig

Other transport problems

Emergency workers by the derailed tram in Düsseldorf on early Wednesday morning. Photo: DPA

Flixbus was not the only company with transport problems on Tuesday evening.

In Düsseldorf, more than 20 people were injured in the Lierenfeld district of the city when a tram carrying around 50 passengers derailed, reported RP Online.

According to the fire brigade, the victims were taken to hospitals by the rescue service.

No other vehicle was involved in the accident. Almost 60 emergency personnel assisted with rescues which lasted into the night.

This article was updated at 10:50 am Wednesday.

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ACCIDENT

German tourists among 13 dead in Italy cable car accident

Thirteen people, including German tourists, have been killed after a cable car disconnected and fell near the summit of the Mottarone mountain near Lake Maggiore in northern Italy.

German tourists among 13 dead in Italy cable car accident
The local emergency services published this photograph of the wreckage. Photo: Vigili del Fuoco

The accident was announced by Italy’s national fire and rescue service, Vigili del Fuoco, at 13.50 on Sunday, with the agency saying over Twitter that a helicopter from the nearby town of Varese was on the scene. 

Italy’s National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps confirmed that there were 13 victims and two seriously injured people.

Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported that German tourists were among the 13 victims.

According to their report, there were 15 passengers inside the car — which can hold 35 people — at the time a cable snapped, sending it tumbling into the forest below. Two seriously injured children, aged nine and five, were airlifted to hospital in Turin. 

The cable car takes tourists and locals from Stresa, a resort town on Lake Maggiore up to a panoramic peak on the Mottarone mountain, reaching some 1,500m above sea level. 

According to the newspaper, the car had been on its way from the lake to the mountain when the accident happened, with rescue operations complicated by the remote forest location where the car landed. 

The cable car had reopened on April 24th after the end of the second lockdown, and had undergone extensive renovations and refurbishments in 2016, which involved the cable undergoing magnetic particle inspection (MPI) to search for any defects. 

Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Twitter that he expressed his “condolences to the families of the victims, with special thoughts for the seriously injured children and their families”.

Infrastructure Minister Enrico Giovannini told Italy’s Tg1 a commission of inquiry would be established, according to Corriere della Sera: “Our thoughts go out to those involved. The Ministry has initiated procedures to set up a commission and initiate checks on the controls carried out on the infrastructure.”

“Tomorrow morning I will be in Stresa on Lake Maggiore to meet the prefect and other authorities to decide what to do,” he said.

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