44 Romanian fruit pickers hurt in German bus crash
Berlin — Police in Germany say 44 people, most of them female seasonal workers from Romania, have been injured in a bus crash.
Police spokeswoman Anke Hamker says the bus had been on a country road when it overturned Wednesday near Bohmte, close to the northern city of Osnabrueck. Hamker says the driver lost control when the bus entered a roundabout and that the preliminary cause of the crash was brake failure.
She said six people were seriously injured, including a woman pinned inside the bus who was freed by firefighters.
Hamker said the Romanian women were in Germany as seasonal fruit pickers at a strawberry farm.
Romania’s Foreign Ministry said that its embassy in Berlin was working with local officials to determine the victims’ identities and their state of health.