On Tuesday morning, numerous emergency services and even a helicopter were deployed due to a serious bus accident in Vienna-Penzing (reported by eXXpress). At first, only rough facts were known: at 8 a.m., a Wiener Linien bus crashed into a tree on a steep street, taking a transformer station with 10,000 volts with it. According to fire chief Christian Feiler, the transformer house was badly damaged, and parts of it were pushed against a MA 48 truck that was just driving there. Seven people were injured, two of them seriously. Four children were among the five slightly injured.
As the Wiener Linien now announced, the driver should have got out because of a defective bus door to assess the damage. Apparently he forgot to set the parking brake and the bus rolled down the road more than 50 meters. In a curve, the driverless vehicle drove straight ahead with seven passengers and crashed into a tree.
Two people were seriously injured: “A woman, aged around 55, is in critical condition. She was flown to the hospital by helicopter. Another woman, around the age of 45, was taken to the hospital by ambulance with suspected spinal injuries,” said the spokesman for Vienna’s professional rescue service, Andreas Huber, to the Krone.
According to Huber, the five slightly injured are children and young people between eight and 18 years of age. “They suffered bruises, abrasions or lacerations. They were cared for by the Johanniter and taken to the hospital.” Line 52B has been temporarily suspended, the bus driver is in shock and is receiving psychological care.