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At least 4 dead and more than 20 injured in serious accident involving Flixbus in Germany.

On a seemingly normal Wednesday morning, a routine trip from Berlin to Zurich turned into a tragic incident. A Flixbus, full of passengers heading from the German capital to the Swiss city, was involved in a serious accident on the A9 near Leipzig. The result was heartbreaking: at least four people lost their lives and more than twenty others were taken to hospital with injuries, some of them serious. 

The incident took place in the early hours of the morning, when the highways are still shrouded in the silence of the rising sun. According to reports from the rbb, the bus left the Zentrale Omnibusbahnhof (ZOB) in Berlin-Charlottenburg at 8 a.m., expecting to arrive at the Hauptbahnhof in Zurich around 21:10 p.m. The bus, marked with the route number 234, had 53 passengers on board, along with two drivers, ready to undertake the long journey to Switzerland.

Authorities responded quickly to the incident. Saxony police confirmed the accident via Twitter, and investigation teams quickly arrived on the scene to provide assistance and begin investigations into the cause. Initial findings indicate that the bus veered off the road, but details of how this happened were scarce in the hours immediately after the accident.

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The company emphasized that all legally prescribed driving and rest times had been strictly adhered to. These regulations are designed to prevent driver fatigue, a factor that often contributes to traffic accidents.

Four people did not survive the blow, a fifth person suffered life-threatening injuries and was initially reported as deceased. According to the latest reports, a total of 29 people were injured in the accident, six of them seriously. Flixbus, the company behind the fatal journey, expressed its deepest condolences to the victims and their loved ones. A company spokesperson said: “Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragic accident and their families.” The company further emphasized that it is working closely with local authorities and emergency services to thoroughly and quickly investigate the cause of the accident.

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The accident raises questions about the safety of long-distance bus travel, a popular and generally safe mode of transport in Europe. Flixbus double-deckers are a familiar sight on European roads, offering an affordable alternative to train and air travel. The company has a strong safety record, but this incident will undoubtedly lead to a reassessment of safety protocols and procedures.

The impact of the accident on the A9 near Leipzig is far-reaching, not only for those directly involved and their families, but also within the communities of Berlin and Zurich, and the wider European transport industry. It reminds us how suddenly lives can change and the essential value of safety within all aspects of public transport.

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