Polish coach accident in Germany leaves 13 injured

A Polish coach with 50 people on board was involved in an accident that occurred on the A1 highway, northeast of Hamburg, on Saturday morning. Local police reported 13 passengers were injured, seven seriously.

According to initial police reports, the bus which was full of passengers and on its way to Hamburg, strayed from the road at 5:35 am, collided with the guard rail and turned over on its side. The official cause of the accident has not yet been determined.

Seriously injured passengers were taken to hospital, while others were provided with first-aid by drivers who had stopped near the scene of the accident.

Police have not released any information regarding the nationalities of the passengers.

The highway to Hamburg remains closed. There are about 50 police and emergency services on site. Substitute transportation has been provided for further travel.

Polish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ewa Suwara told PAP that Polish consular services were in contact with local authorities.

"I can confirm that there was a coach accident on the highway to Hamburg. Polish citizens were among the injured, their exact number and condition is still being determined," she said, adding that victims were being provided with medical assistance and that none of the injuries could be described as life-threatening.

She also confirmed that there were 50 people onboard the bus. As the carrier did not have an updated list of passengers, confirming the personal details of these persons will take some time, Suwara told PAP.