Bus crash in Germany injures dozens, Canadians on board

A bus carrying over 30 tourists from Australia, Canada and the United States crashed into a truck filled with car tires near Heidelberg, Germany on Thursday, leaving nine people seriously injured, local police said.

Vehicle had shifted into opposing lane and collided with a truck, police say

A bus carrying over 30 tourists from Australia, Canada and the United States crashed into a truck filled with car tires near Heidelberg, Germany on Thursday, leaving nine people seriously injured, local police said. (Michaela Rehle/Reuters)

A bus carrying over 30 tourists from Australia, Canada and the United States crashed into a truck filled with car tires near Heidelberg, Germany on Thursday, leaving nine people seriously injured, local police said.

Five rescue helicopters and seven ambulances raced to the scene in the small southwestern town of Hockenheim, about 20 kilometres from Heidelberg, to carry off injured passengers, a police spokesperson said. He said the road was shut for several hours.

Broadcaster SWR said a total of 35 people were injured in the accident, including the drivers of the bus and the truck, and four people were in critical condition.

The police spokesperson could not immediately confirm those details.

It said the bus shifted into the opposing lane and collided with the truck while approaching an on-ramp to the A61 highway.

Global Affairs Canada said it is "aware of Canadian citizens who have been impacted" by the accident, a spokesperson told CBC News in an emailed statement.

The spokesperson also said Canadian consular officials are providing assistance to those affected.