Bus of Brit students on school ski trip crashes into lorry after driver ‘distracted by sat nav’

A double decker bus carrying dozens of British pupils was involved in a horror crash after a lorry driver 'distracted by his sat nav' smashed into them. The group of around 60 children from Ysgol Llanhari, in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales, were travelling in southern Germany[1] while on their way to a ski resort in Austria. Images from the scene show the double decker bus badly damaged with shards of glass and debris from the vehicle stretching more than 100metres.

The school on Instagram[2] revealed that no schoolchildren were injured in the collision. It stated: "Everyone is fine - a huge thank you to the German emergency services. The resilience of our pupils is clear today."

Children, believed to be between the ages of 14 and 17, were heading on to Austria where they were going to continue their ski holiday when the accident happened. Local reports said they were on their way to Salzburg when the lorry cross onto the wrong side of the road and hit them. Were you involved the incident?

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Emergency services attended the sceneEmergency services attended the scene (City of Landau)

The driver of the lorry was allegedly distracted by his navigation system before swerving onto the wrong side of the road, said the Landau police. Images from the school's Instagram also show children now tucking into food after they were taken to a nearby sports hall and were being looked after by emergency services.

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One photo is captioned: "Food provided by the local fire[4] department a huge thank you!" One person wrote: "Thank you from the heart for looking after them. We value all your care (...) A huge thank you to all that have helped and looked after them.

They have been looked after so well. Safe journey."

Children were not injured in the incident stated the schoolChildren were not injured in the incident stated the school (City of Landau)

Another comment stated: "Thanks to all the teachers, emergency services who have been amazing to Georgie and all the other pupils on the bus." And a further read: "Thank you all for taking care of them and for doing such an amazing job. Glad everyone safe and well done to the bus driver not 1 child hurt."

Coach company Davey Travel Ltd said the crash happened on the B10 - a 190-mile federal highway between the state of Saarland and north-western Bavaria - near the Landau-Nord exit. Landau police stated the lorry carrying tar was heading along the B10 towards Pirmasens when it hit the oncoming double-decker bus carrying the group of students at around 4:50am. Reports have also stated that only the 53-year-old driver received slight injuries from the broken glass.

An investigation into the actions of the driver of the truck has started, Landau Police Department confirmed.


  1. ^ Germany (www.dailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ Instagram (www.mirror.co.uk)
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