Status: 05.12.2023, 16:56 PM
A student was killed in the accident of a school bus in the Ore Mountains. © Mike Müller/TNN/dpa
Shock in the morning: Students are on their way to class in the Ore Mountains when their bus crashes head-on into a tree. A ten-year-old dies, many others are injured.
Sehmatal - A ten-year-old boy died in a serious bus accident in the Ore Mountains, 13 other people suffered injuries. According to the police, the bus had collided sideways with a winter service vehicle on Tuesday morning in Sehmatal and then crashed head-on into a tree. Rescue workers had tried to save the boy's life, but he succumbed to his serious injuries at the scene of the accident.
All passengers on the bus were injured in the accident, police said. Two adults, including the 45-year-old bus driver and a 59-year-old female passenger, suffered serious injuries. Eleven other children and adults between the ages of 39 and <> were slightly injured. A ten-year-old girl initially remained in a clinic for observation. Out of consideration for the children, the police did not want to give any further details, such as the schools to which the girls and boys were on their way.
The roads were extremely slippery
The bus had started early Tuesday morning and had picked up the school children and other passengers in the surrounding villages. On a sloping road, he touched a gritting vehicle shortly before the district of Crzahl and crashed head-on into a tree. The impact was so violent that the front two meters of the bus were completely destroyed. The bus driver had to be freed from the wreckage by the fire brigade with heavy equipment.
According to the Ministry of Education, the children on the bus are students of a high school. "This is bad news that has hit me hard," said Minister of Culture Christian Piwarz (CDU) of the German Press Agency. "My thoughts are with the injured children and their parents."
According to the bus company, the bus line 428 was on its way to the bus station in Annaberg-Buchholz. The accident occurred on a diversion route, said a spokesman for Regionalverkehr Erzgebirge GmbH on Tuesday on request.
The pupils were psychologically cared for in an after-school care centre, as the Ministry of Education informed. In addition, the State Office for School and Education is examining the need for further help. "We will provide the affected school and students with all the support they need in this situation," Piwarz assured.
According to the initial assessment of the police, it was slippery on the road at the time of the accident. The Traffic Accident Service has started the investigation into the cause.
On Tuesday morning, rain had led to black ice on numerous roads in the high altitudes in Saxony. "The precipitation was converted from snow to rain in the morning by a warm layer of air at about 1500 meters," explained Florian Engelmann from the German Weather Service. If the rain then falls on cleared, exposed roads, which have a temperature below zero degrees, especially in the high altitudes, it becomes extremely slippery.
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Serious bus accidents involving schoolchildren had already caused great concern in the past. In January 2020, for example, a school bus with more than 20 children on board skidded in western Thuringia, slid down a slope and rolled over several times. Two eight-year-olds from a second grade class died, and many other children were injured. In October 2015, a coach carrying students from Saxony had an accident on the motorway near Erfurt. The five-year-old son of a teacher died, and more than a dozen of the students, aged 13 and 14, were seriously injured. Dpa