School pupils among 12 dead in Slovakia bus crash

BRATISLAVA: At least 12 people were killed, including four students, when a public bus carrying school pupils and a truck loaded with rocks and soil collided in mountainous western Slovakia on Wednesday (Nov 13), rescuers and officials said.

Officials said 20 people were hurt in the crash, which happened on the outskirts of the city of Nitra, a regional capital some 80 kilometres east of Bratislava.

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The section where the accident occurred is commonly referred to as the "Road of Death", according to local media.

Images from the site showed the truck lying on its side and the bus wedged in a ditch, with a large amount of soil and rocks strewn on the road.

The truck was loaded with soil and rocks. (AFP Photo)

"Mostly teenagers, secondary grammar students, were aboard this regular bus line from Nitra to Jelenec," Nitra fire brigade spokesman Michal Varga told AFP, adding that the truck was "fully loaded with rocks".

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The bus was carrying mainly students, according to officials. (AFP Photo)

He added that the causes of the crash were unknown.

The fire and rescue department said on its Facebook page that the toll was 12 dead and 20 injured.

Minister of Health Andrea Kalavska told journalists at the accident site that of those killed, "at least four were underage".

Interior Minister Denisa Sakova told the press at the site that the truck was "probably overloRead More – Source