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Identity of fatalities after bus crash in Germany still unclear

After the serious bus accident on the German highway 9 near Leipzig, the identity of the four fatalities has not yet been determined.

"We are making efforts and hope to be able to provide information on this today," a police spokeswoman said on Thursday in response to an inquiry. There was also no information yet on the age and gender of the victim.

The double-decker Flixbus left the road on its way to Zurich on Wednesday morning, ran over the grass verge and flipped onto its side. The police reported 4 fatalities, 6 serious injuries and 29 people with minor injuries. No information was given on the state of health of the injured on Thursday morning.

Investigators are currently focusing on finding the cause. To this end, numerous witnesses are being questioned, as the police spokeswoman said. All passengers on the long-distance bus involved in the accident are also to be questioned.

The bus with more than 50 passengers and two drivers had crashed on its way from Berlin to Zurich. It had set off at 8.00 a.m. and the accident happened between the Wiedemar junction and the Schkeuditzer Kreuz junction at around 9.45 a.m. According to initial findings, no other vehicle was involved. The A9, an important north-south route between Berlin and Munich, was closed around the accident site for twelve hours - until around 9.30 p.m. on Wednesday evening.

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