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Germany: More than 20 people injured in bus accident

March 29, 2024

For the second time this week, a long-distance bus left the highway in Germany and overturned. This time there were no fatalities, but more than 20 people were injured.

Bus crashed on Highway 44 near Werl, Germany
The bus was carrying about 60 vocational students returning from a trip to EnglandImage: Daniel Schröder/dpa/picture alliance

A bus carrying about 60 passengers crashed on the A44 highway in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, injuring more than 20 people, police said on Thursday night.

The double-decker bus veered off the road and overturned on its side near the town of Werl, 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Düsseldorf.

A 20-kilometer stretch of the A44 autobahn from the Unna Ost exit to Werl in the direction of Kassel was completely closed.

Firefighters and a rescue helicopter were dispatched to the scene. 

Police removed the bus on Friday morning and reopened the highway toward Kassel.

What do we know about the crash?

Police initially said 21 people were lightly injured and one was seriously injured. They later revised the number to 20 lightly injured and one seriously injured.

A police spokesman said the bus was carrying students from a vocational school in Warburg. They were returning from a trip to England.

The cause of the accident was still unclear. Police said no one's life was in danger and no other vehicles were involved in the accident.

The accident came just a day after four people were killed in a bus crash near Leipzig in eastern Germany.

This report was written in part with material from news agency DPA.

Edited by: John Silk

Dmytro Hubenko Dmytro covers stories in DW's newsroom from around the world with a particular focus on Ukraine.