Bus crashes into bridge, 36 people injured

An Austrian tourist bus had its roof ripped off as it crashed into a bridge near the village of Dolní Dvořiště, in southern Bohemia, on Friday night, injuring 36 people; ten of them suffered severe injuries and were taken to nearby Czech and Austrian hospitals. Most of the injured passengers are Austrian; 12 Czech citizens traveling on the bus were also wounded. A spokesman for Czech police said the driver of the bus must have overlooked a road sign warning against the low profile of the bridge.

Czech rescue workers on Saturday denied claims by the leader of the Austrian tourist group who said they had arrived too late at the scene of the accident. The head of the South Bohemian emergency services said the first ambulance arrived seven minutes after they were alerted.

Author: Jan Richter