According to the police, a 15-year-old pedestrian was killed in a serious accident with a double-decker bus in Berlin. According to rescue workers, another young person was life-threateningly injured when the bus hit both of them on Saturday evening.
According to the fire department, the teenagers were trapped under the bus. In order to rescue them, a so-called rescue vehicle was used, which lifted the bus with the help of hydraulic equipment.
Official information about the injured person was not initially available, according to rescuers, it should also be a girl or a young woman. She was taken to a hospital, as was the bus driver.
According to the information, the accident happened around 6.45 p.m. on Leonorenstrasse in the Lankwitz district of the Steglitz-Zehlendorf district. The police could not provide any information on the exact course of events and the cause in the evening. Police officers took up investigations on site and interviewed witnesses. There is a pedestrian traffic light near the accident site, according to rescue workers.
After the accident, the police and rescuers were in action. The fire brigade alone sent around 40 emergency services and several rescue and special vehicles. A helicopter was also on site.
The first vehicles were on site nine minutes after the emergency call, but the first ambulance only after 20 minutes, said a spokesman for the fire department. The rescue service in Berlin has been heavily overloaded for some time, partly because there is a shortage of staff and there are many emergency calls that do not relate to real emergencies.
According to the police, several pastors were called to the scene of the accident because there were many witnesses to the accident. An extra vehicle was provided for this purpose. A police chaplain also took care of the emergency services, who also have to process the terrible images. How many people were sitting on the M82 bus was initially unclear.
According to a police spokesman, "a large number of onlookers" gathered at the scene of the accident during the rescue operation. Disabilities caused by the so-called Gaffer were not known.
Response of the Berlin transport company
The Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) reacted with dismay to the fatal bus accident. "We are deeply affected," said a spokesman for the municipal company in the evening of the German Press Agency. "Our thoughts are with the families of those involved in the accident." The BVG would like to thank the rescue workers for their commitment and will of course support the investigation into the cause of the accident as best they can.