(GERMANY, LANKAPUVATH) – At least 43 children have been injured – six seriously – after a school bus in crashed into a building during morning rush hour in Germany.
The vehicle crashed this morning in the city of Eberbach, a town in Baden-Wuerttemberg and is believed to have collided with several cars.
Police officers, fire crews and ambulances attended the scene shortly after the incident.
Police spokesman Dieter Klumpp initially told German newspaper, Bild: “21 children were injured, six of them seriously.”
But later reports suggested a total of 48 people had been injured, of which 43 were children. At least six children and four adults are in a serious condition.
Klummp confirmed that three rescue helicopters and dozens of ambulances had been called to the scene.
The driver of the bus is said to have escaped with minor injuries after the incident.
It appears the bus veered off the road and crashed into SP:Gerbracht, an electrical store on the corner of Odenwaldstrasße and Wiesenstrße. The road has now been closed off as emergency services work at the scene.
The cause of the crash is not clear at this stage.
Officers have set up a collection point for parents to pick up their children from the scene.
Images show firefighters propping parts of the building up with supports as they investigate the damage.
It appears the bus crashed head on into the building, completely destroying the front windscreen and door.