BERLIN, Germany - In a tragic incident in Germany's Black Forest region, a car is said to have been involved in a head-on collision with a double-decker bus carrying British students.
According to local reports, there were 73 British students aged between 13 and 15 aboard the bus, which was struck by a car being driven by a 90-year-old man.
The incident, which occurred near Vohrenbach in the south west of the country on Tuesday, saw the car smashing into the front of the bus, leaving nine students injured.
Emergency services and Voehrenbach firefighters rushed to the spot shortly after the crash.
The police said in a statement that the driver of the car was found unconscious and had to be cut from his vehicle and that the replacement bus driver suffered serious injuries in the crash.
Local reports also noted that the driver, who had suffered severe injuries was airlifted to the Black Forest Baar Hospital by the Swiss Air Rescue Rega.
The passenger and nine children who also suffered injuries were reportedly rushed to surrounding hospitals.
Police officials added that the group of students were holidaying in the Black Forest, and when the incident occurred, they were driving from Titisee to Triberg.
Following the incident, the German police launched an investigation and closed the road for an examination.
Police said they are investigating to find out what caused the man driving the car, to veer into oncoming traffic.
In a statement, a spokesman for the Foreign Office said, “We are in contact with German authorities following a coach crash in Baden Wurttemberg involving a party of British school children. Consular staff are supporting the group.”