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Multiple Bus Crash Kills 9, Injures 40 in Germany

A Polish bus collided with a Ukrainian bus, and then broke through the central barrier and collided with a minibus traveling in the other direction.
A crashed bus is loaded on a platform at the site of the accident on German A2 highway near the eastern city of Dresden July 19, 2014. A bus from Poland crashed at around 02:00 am into another bus from Ukraine, killing at least nine and injuring some 43 people, local media and German police said.   REUTERS/Axel Schmidt (GERMANY - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A crashed bus is loaded on a platform at the site of the accident on German A2 highway near the eastern city of Dresden July 19, 2014. A bus from Poland crashed at around 02:00 am into another bus from Ukraine, killing at least nine and injuring some 43 people, local media and German police said. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt (GERMANY - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)AXEL SCHMIDT / Reuters

BERLIN - Nine people were killed and more than 40 injured when several buses crashed into each other on a German highway near the eastern city of Dresden, police said on Saturday. The accident occurred just before 2 am (8 p.m. ET) when a Polish bus crashed into the back of a Ukrainian bus. The Polish bus then broke through the central barrier and collided with a Polish minibus traveling in the other direction.

The first bus then skidded down a slope. Police said six of the nine dead had been identified. They were Polish citizens. Some of the 43 people injured were severely hurt, police said. The A4 motorway, which links Germany with Poland via Dresden, was closed for hours in both directions.

- Reuters