A 9 near Leipzig: Flixbus turns over at accident - panorama

The Flixbus was on the way from Berlin to Munich. Pictures of the scene showed a wreck completely destroyed.

In a serious accident with a coach on the highway 9 near Leipzig at least one person was killed, many others were injured. The highway police in Weißenfels spoke on early Sunday evening first of at least 13 seriously injured. A police spokesman at the scene of the accident between the connection points Leipzig-West and Bad Dürrenberg later spoke of at least seven seriously injured and many slightly injured.

According to the spokesman, the situation was initially confusing: helicopters and ambulances transported victims from the scene of the accident. Four helicopters and more than ten ambulances were in action. The bus of the company Flixbus had raided according to initial information of the police in the early evening on the A9 in the direction of Munich. Then the vehicle remained on its side. Pictures of the scene showed a wreck completely destroyed. The police suspect instant sleep as a trigger. Initial investigations indicated that the driver of the coach had fallen asleep, said a police spokeswoman for the German Press Agency.

More than 70 passengers were on board at the time of the accident. The A9 was fully closed at the accident site in both directions. How long the suspension should last, was on Sunday evening not foreseeable. "The bus was scheduled to fly between Berlin and Munich on behalf of Flixbus," confirmed the travel agency of the German Press Agency. "Our sympathy goes to the passengers and bus drivers concerned as well as their families and friends."

The overturned Flixbus is already the second within a year. Last August, a Flixbus was dumped in a ditch on the A 19 at Linstow. At least 22 people were injured.

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