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Shooting at Christmas Market in France Leaves 1 Dead, Several Wounded

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 17:40

PARIS (AP) — The Latest on the fatal shooting at a Christmas market in Strasbourg (all times local):

11:50 p.m.

A witness in France has told the BBC that one of the people shot and killed in the city of Strasbourg was a Thai tourist who suffered a head wound and didn't respond to efforts to revive him.

Peter Fritz said after the gunfire near a Christmas market: "We tried our best to resuscitate him. We applied CPR. We dragged him into a restaurant close by."

He says the man was in his 30s and his wife appeared to be unharmed but in shock.

Fritz says it took more than 45 minutes for an ambulance to arrive. He said an emergency doctor advised by telephone "that any further efforts would be futile."

Fritz said of the victim: "He is still here in this restaurant but we have abandoned all hope for him."


11:35 p.m.

Residents of central Strasbourg describe hearing a series of gunshots and screaming in the street during an attack near a Christmas market that killed four people.

Resident Yoann Bazard said by telephone he heard "two or three shots" and the screams before he went to a window and saw people running Tuesday night.

The 27-year-old said: "After that I closed the shutters. Then I heard more shots, closer this time."

Bazard continued: "There were two or three episodes like that....As it got close, it was really shocking. There were a lot of screams."

Freelance journalist Camille Belsoeur says he was at a friend's apartment on the same street and at first mistook the gunfire for firecrackers.

Belsoeur said: "We opened the window . I saw a soldier firing shots, about 12 to 15 shots."

He says other soldiers yelled for people to stay indoors and shouted 'Go home! Go home!'" to those outside.


11:20 p.m.

Two French police union officials say four people have died after a gunman started shooting near Strasbourg's Christmas market and the suspect was wounded, but is still at large.

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Gunman Fires at Mass in Brazil Cathedral, Kills at Least 4

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 12:07

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Authorities say an armed man entered a cathedral in southern Brazil and opened fire during Mass, killing at least four people before killing himself.

Police tell The Associated Press that the incident happened Tuesday afternoon at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Campinas, a city about 60 miles (100 kilometers) north of from Sao Paulo.

Globo News showed paramedics on the scene.

Globo reported that firefighters say the man entered while Mass was being celebrated and went to the front of the church. He then began shooting two handguns, killing four and injuring several others. Authorities say he then shot himself.

The motive isn't clear. Authorities have yet to release the name or age of the suspect.

While Brazil leads the world in total annual homicides, mass shootings are relatively rare.

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Rap Concert Stampede in Italy Leaves 6 Dead, Over 50 Hurt

Sat, 12/08/2018 - 12:32

CORINALDO, Italy (AP) — A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded Italian disco killed five teenagers early Saturday along with a woman who had brought her young daughter to the event, authorities said. Fifty-three people were reported injured, including 13 in very serious condition.

Video broadcast on Italian state TV RaiNews24 showed scores of teenagers rushing out of a door and surging toward a low wall near an exit of the Blue Lantern disco in the central Italian town of Corinaldo, near Ancona on the Adriatic coast. The barrier then appeared to give way and a cascade of teenagers tumbled over it, falling on top of each other.

The bodies of the trampled victims were all found near a low wall, Ancona Firefighters Cmdr. Dino Poggiali told Sky TG24 News.

The dead teenagers' ages ranged from 14 to 16 and the mother who was killed was 39, said Col. Cristian Carrozza, commander of the Ancona province Carabinieri paramilitary police.

The dead woman had accompanied her eight-year-old daughter to the concert and was the mother of four children, Italian daily Il Messaggero reported.

The stampede left 53 people injured, with 13 of them in very serious condition, an Ancona interior ministry official said.

Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta, who is popular with young teenagers, was to perform at the venue. Authorities said the organizers had sold far too many tickets for the space utilized.

Ancona Chief Prosecutor Monica Garulli told reporters at the scene that about 1,400 tickets were sold but the disco has the capacity to hold only about 870 people.

Later, Premier Giuseppe Conte, who visited the scene of the tragedy, said the disco had three rooms but inexplicably only used one of them, with a capacity of 469 people, for the concert.

While prosecutors investigate, "the government must ask itself what to so that such tragedies must never happen again," Conte told reporters.

The stampede occurred shortly after 1 a.m., less than 30 minutes before the concert was to start.

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Two Dead in Illinois School Bus, Truck Collision

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 07:29

DOWNS, Ill. (AP) — A semitrailer heading the wrong way on an interstate collided head-on with a school bus carrying members of an Illinois high school girls' basketball team, killing the truck driver and an adult on the bus, authorities said Thursday.

Illinois State Police said eight girls on the bus were injured in the head-on crash Wednesday night on Interstate 74 near Downs, a village in central Illinois about 115 miles (185 kilometers) southwest of Chicago. Police said the bus driver and a coach also were injured.

The girls' team was returning from a game at Champaign Central, Normal West High School athletic director Stan Lewis told The (Bloomington) Pantagraph. The girls had what were described as non-life threatening injuries and were taken from the scene by ambulance, police said.

Police said 72-year-old Charles Crabtree of Normal was the bus passenger who died. He was a volunteer with Normal West.


Lewis initially told the newspaper that a junior varsity team was on the bus, but he later described it as the school's freshman team. He said some junior varsity players also made the trip.

Parents and friends of the students involved in the crash gathered at the school for updates as word of the crash spread on social media. Dayna Brown, a spokeswoman for the McLean County Unit 5 school district, said Normal West will be open as usual Thursday, with counselors on hand.

"People care about each other in this school and this community, and I think they just wanted to be together during this horrible tragedy," Brown said.

Preliminary reports indicate the truck driver was a 34-year-old man from Iowa who was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes, police said. The bus was heading westbound.

The westbound lanes of the interstate were closed following the crash for the investigation.

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U.S. Warplanes Crash Off Japan During Refueling Training

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 06:49

TOKYO (AP) — A Marine refueling plane and a fighter jet crashed into the Pacific Ocean off Japan's southwestern coast after colliding early Thursday, and rescuers found two of the seven crew members, one of them in stable condition, officials said.

The U.S. Marine Corps said that the 2 a.m. crash involved an F/A-18 fighter jet and a KC-130 refueling aircraft during regular refueling training after the planes took off from their base in Iwakuni, near Hiroshima in western Japan.

The crash took place 320 kilometers (200 miles) off the coast, according to the U.S. military. Japanese officials said it occurred closer to the coast, about 100 kilometers (60 miles), and that's where the search and rescue mission found two crew members.

The two aircraft were carrying seven crew members in total, two in the F/A-18 and five others in the KC-130, when they collided and crashed into the sea south of the Muroto Cape on Shikoku island in southwestern Japan. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The Maritime Self-Defense Force, which dispatched aircraft and vessels to join in the search operation, said Japanese rescuers found one of the crew from the fighter jet in stable condition. The Marines said that the rescued crew was taken to a hospital on the base in Iwakuni, but did not provide any other details.

Details of the second crew, including his or her condition, were unknown immediately.

The crash is the latest in recent series of accidents involving the U.S. military deployed to and near Japan.

Last month, a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Hornet from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan crashed into the sea southwest of Japan's southern island of Okinawa, though its two pilots were rescued safely. In mid-October, a MH-60 Seahawk also belonging to the Ronald Reagan crashed off the Philippine Sea shortly after takeoff, causing non-fatal injuries to a dozen sailors.

More than 50,000 U.S. troops are based in Japan under the bilateral security pact.

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Over 40 Injured in Dominican Republic Factory Explosion

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 06:42

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A big explosion tore through a plastics company in the Dominican Republic's capital Wednesday, and authorities said at least three people died and 44 were injured.

Among the injured were 13 children at a school in front of the Polyplas company where the explosion occurred, Maria Gomez, a spokeswoman for the country's National Health Service, told The Associated Press.

Santo Domingo Mayor David Collado told reporters that a boiler exploded and set off a fire at the company in the Villas Agricolas neighborhood. He said the fire had been contained.

Police 1st Lt. Jose Francisco Velez told the AP by phone that authorities were still searching for victims underneath a wide swath of concrete rubble.

"They're still lifting the bodies," he said.

Gomez said the injured included three adults who were in critical condition with second- and third-degree burns. He said the injured were being treated at several hospitals in the capital, prompting some facilities to postpone elective surgeries to handle the influx.

The owner of Polyplas, Manuel Diez Cabral, posted several messages on Twitter saying that authorities were trying to determine what happened.

"We deeply regret the tragedy," he wrote. "We still do not know the magnitude of the loss."

Diez did not immediately return a request for comment.

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1 Child Dead, 45 People Hurt in Arkansas Charter Bus Crash

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 17:11

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A third grader was killed and at least 45 people were injured when a charter bus carrying youth football players from Tennessee rolled off an interstate and overturned before sunrise Monday in central Arkansas, authorities said.

Arkansas State Police said the bus crashed along Interstate 30 near Benton, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Little Rock. Police said most of the injured were children and that they were taken to hospitals in Little Rock and Benton.

Related JEMS Article: Three-Step Method for EMS Management of Bus Collisions

The elementary-school age children from the Orange Mound Youth Association in southeast Memphis were returning home after playing in a tournament in the Dallas area over the weekend, according to Memphis TV station WMC. Orange Mound is a historically black neighborhood that unites around its highly competitive youth football program.

One of half a dozen adults on the bus, Damous Hailey, said the players from 10 Orange Mound Youth Association football teams had been playing in all-star squads. He told The Commercial Appeal newspaper that the bus swerved then flipped "about 15 or 20 times," before landing on its side at the foot of an embankment.

"When the bus started flipping, the kids were hollering, and we were trying to calm them down," he said in an interview from Saline Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for injuries to his right side and leg. "I was holding on, trying to make sure I didn't get thrown out."

Related JEMS Article: Knowing & Overcoming the Challenges of MCIs Involving Buses

Teams and coaches affiliated with the Orange Mound Youth Association have not returned phone calls and emails seeking comment.

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Illinois Tornado Injures at least 20

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 06:21

TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Residents in central Illinois on Sunday assessed the damage after rare December tornadoes, including one the day before that was a half-mile-wide, ripped roofs off homes, downed power lines and injured at least 20 people.

The severe weather in Illinois was part of a line of thunderstorms that raked areas of the central U.S. late Friday and into Saturday, killing one person in Missouri. The National Weather Service confirmed tornadoes in Illinois, Missouri and Oklahoma.

At least three tornadoes were confirmed in northwest and southwest Arkansas, which largely caused property and structural damage. No injuries or fatalities were reported.

Peak months for tornadoes in much of the Midwest are April and June, according to the weather service. But at least 12 tornadoes were reported in Illinois on Saturday, including one in Taylorville which has been confirmed. If the majority are confirmed, that would be the most tornadoes in Illinois in a December storm since Dec. 18-19, 1957, when there were 21.

The weather service sent crews Sunday to survey the hardest-hit areas in Illinois, which included Taylorville, 25 miles (40 kilometers) southeast of Springfield.

Photographs and video from Taylorville showed several houses flattened, with residents wading into debris to salvage what they could. Some homes remained standing but with gaping holes in the roofs or with no roofs at all.

The tornado was on the ground for around 10 miles (16 kilometers) before it thundered through Taylorville, and the weather service was able to warn residents of its arrival 41 minutes before it actually struck, Chris Miller, a meteorologist at the service's Lincoln office, said in a phone interview Sunday. That advanced warning gave people critical time to take cover and may have saved lives.

Assistant Fire Chief Andy Goodall, speaking to reporters Saturday night shortly after the storm pounded the city of 11,000, said at least 100 homes had major damage, including his own, Springfield's State Journal-Register reported.

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Plane Crashes into Florida Therapy Center

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 06:13

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Two people are dead after a small plane crashed through the roof of a Florida building that contained a therapy center for autistic children.

Local media say that the crash occurred Saturday afternoon near the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and caused a fire. Both passengers in the Cessna 335 were killed.

Battalion Chief Steven Gollan, a spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Department, told WPLG-TV that eight teachers and five children were in the building when the plane crashed. One of the teachers suffered minor injuries as she ushered the children from the building, but she was not hospitalized.

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Over 100 Injured in Paris Riot

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 06:08

PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe met with political rivals Monday in a bid to ease protesters' anger after facing widespread criticism following violent anti-government protests that rocked Paris.

More than 130 people were injured and 412 arrested Saturday in the French capital amid the nation's worst riot in a generation. Police responded with tear gas and water cannons, closing down dozens of streets and subway stations to contain the riot.

By Sunday, some of the most popular tourist streets in Paris were littered with torched cars and broken glass from looted shops and the Arc de Triomphe monument was tagged with graffiti.

French President Emmanuel Macron, just back from the Group of 20 summit in Argentina, held an emergency meeting Sunday on security and the government hasn't ruled out the possibility of imposing a state of emergency.

It was the third straight weekend of clashes in Paris led by protesters wearing distinctive yellow traffic vests. The protests began last month with motorists upset over a fuel tax hike and have grown to encompass a range of complaints that Macron's government doesn't care about the problems of ordinary people. Yet other protests in France on the same topic Saturday remained peaceful.

Philippe and Macron have been lambasted for their handling of the crisis. After meeting with the prime minister, Socialist leader Olivier Faure urged Philippe to drop the tax hikes and to restore a wealth tax that was slashed by the centrist government.

"We want a change in the method. One needs to come down from Mount Olympus," Faure said, referring to Macron's Greek god nickname of Jupiter.

Laurent Wauquiez, head of center-right Les Republicains party, urged Macron to hold a referendum to end the crisis but did not say what its topic should be.

"French people need to be heard again, and for that we must organize a referendum to decide these issues. Only these measures will restore calm," Wauquiez said.

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School Bus with 23 Aboard Crashes in Massachusetts Woods

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 01:58

BERKLEY, Mass. (WCVB) — Several adults and children were seriously injured when a school bus crashed into the woods along Route 24 southbound in Berkley, near Exit 11. The driver of another vehicle involved in the crash was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol, state police said.

State police said 23 occupants, including the driver, were aboard the bus around 9:45 p.m. Saturday when it went off the road, over the right shoulder and into the woods.

Read more at WCVB.

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Gunman Kills 1 at a Pennsylvania Municipal Building, Is Arrested

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 09:54

A man who may have been having trouble getting permits for work on his property shot and killed a township employee in a government building Tuesday, then paced the hallway with his head in his hands until police arrived to take him into custody, authorities said.

The gunman walked inside the Paradise Township municipal building about 8:20 a.m., asked for the victim by name, then shot him in the mouth in his office, according to court documents. A co-worker administered CPR until paramedics showed up, but Michael Tripus, 65, of Stroudsburg, was declared dead at the scene.

State and local police arrested David Green, 72, of Swiftwater, without incident.

Green was arraigned on a homicide charge Tuesday afternoon and was ordered jailed without bail. He covered himself with a yellow tarp or poncho as he was led into a magistrate's office, telling reporters, "I'm really sorry for what I did."

Online court records don't list an attorney who could speak on Green's behalf.

It remained unclear what motivated the shooting in the Pocono Mountains, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Philadelphia.

Court documents said Green told police he was under pressure and was having problems with his new house, including mold. But he said Tripus — the township's sewage enforcement and building code officer — had nothing to do with the problems and acted professionally when he showed up unannounced Tuesday.

A neighbor, meanwhile, told police that Green was dealing with mold and a faulty septic system and was having difficulty obtaining certain township permits.

"As a result, there may be evidence in the residence as to the possible motive," troopers wrote in an affidavit.

Gary Konrath, chairman of the township's Board of Supervisors, said he was unfamiliar with Green. The township's executive secretary told him the gunman is "not someone they are aware of. No one appears to recognize the individual," he said.

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Chemical Plant Explosion in China Kills 22

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 06:13

BEIJING (AP) — An explosion outside a chemical plant in northeastern China early Wednesday killed at least 22 people and destroyed scores of vehicles, in the latest challenge to efforts to boost industrial safety in the world's second-largest economy.

The blast occurred just after midnight at a loading area next to the plant operated by the Hebei Shenghua Chemical Industry Co. Ltd., according to a statement from the Zhangjiakou city government. The plant is located in Zhangjiakou, which is to play host to the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Another 22 people were injured and 38 trucks and 12 passenger cars were destroyed by fire, the statement said.

"We request that citizens do not go to the site to watch in order to avoid disrupting recovery efforts," it said.

An official at the city government propaganda department, who gave only his surname, Gao, said the accident's cause was still under investigation and no other information could be provided.

Investigators suspect a truck carrying the highly flammable compound ethane for use by a separate nearby chemical factory exploded as it was passing the Shenghua plant, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The flames then spread to other trucks but not to the Shenghua complex itself, which continued to operate as normal, the report said.

Footage from state broadcaster China Central Television showed row after row of charred tanker trucks with smoke still rising from some of them, hours after the explosion occurred.


In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, firefighters try to extinguish burning vehicles in the aftermath of an explosion at a plant operated by the Hebei Shenghua Chemical Industry Co. Ltd Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 in Zhangjiakou city, northeastern China's Hebei province. The explosion early Wednesday outside the chemical plant in northeastern China has killed people and destroyed scores of vehicles. (Xinhua via AP)

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4 in N.J. Mansion Fire Killed by 'Homicidal Violence'

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 15:57

COLTS NECK, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey authorities say a family of four in affluent horse country was slain before their mansion was set ablaze, but assured the community a killer was not on the loose, hours after they arrested the brother of the homeowner on Wednesday.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said authorities arrested Paul Caneiro, 51, and charged him with setting fire to his home in Ocean Township early Tuesday morning. Reports of a fire at his brother's home in Colts Neck came in hours later, where the bodies of Keith Caniero, 50, and his family were found.

Keith Caniero was found shot to death on the lawn of the family's mansion. He had sustained more than one gunshot wound, the prosecutor said. Inside the burning house, authorities found the bodies of his 45-year-old wife, Jennifer Caniero, their 11-year-old son Jesse and 8-year-old daughter Sophia.

Those bodies were badly burned, and medical examiners still had not determined causes of death for them as of Wednesday afternoon.

"We believe that this family in some form or fashion was targeted," Gramiccioni said. Referring to Paul Caniero, Gramiccioni said, "I can't confirm or deny whether he is a suspect" in the murders.

It wasn't immediately known if Paul Caniero had retained an attorney. He is charged with aggravated arson and will make a first appearance in court next Wednesday. According to a criminal complaint, Paul Caneiro used gasoline to set his home on fire while his wife and two daughters were inside. No one was injured in that blaze, which was reported at 5:01 a.m., about seven and a half hours before the Colts Neck fire was reported.

The prosecutor said all four members of Keith Caniero's family were "victims of homicidal violence," adding there is no indication of suicide in his death.

Keith and Paul Caneiro were partners at a technology firm in Asbury Park, Square One.

Colts Neck is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of New York City, and the upscale enclave is home to a number of celebrities, including Bruce Springsteen. Former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart and his wife operate an animal sanctuary there; Queen Latifah sold her mansion there in 2015, and current and former members of the band Bon Jovi have called it home.

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1 Dead, 3 Injured After Downtown Denver Shooting

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:54


DENVER (AP) — Authorities say one person is dead and three others have been wounded in a shooting in downtown Denver.

The shootings occurred Monday afternoon about three blocks from Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies.

Denver Health Medical Center spokesman Simon Crittle says paramedics from the hospital responded to the shooting and found one person dead at the scene.

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Gallery: Chicago Hospital Shooting

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:37

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LIVE: Multiple Victims After Shots Fired at Chicago's Mercy Hospital

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 16:08


CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say officers are searching a hospital after a reported shooting and that one "possible offender" has been shot.

The department issued a statement on Twitter saying there are "reports of multiple victims" after shots were fired Monday afternoon near Mercy Hospital on the city's South Side.

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Explosion at Idaho Hazardous Waste Site Kills 1, Injures 3

Mon, 11/19/2018 - 03:00


BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An explosion Saturday at a hazardous waste site in southwestern Idaho killed one worker, injured three others and heavily damaged a building, officials said.

US Ecology, which runs the site, said Monte "Alex" Green of Grand View, Idaho, died of his injuries from the explosion at 9:23 a.m. inside one of the buildings at the facility.

Green was working as an equipment operator moving materials at the time of the accident, the company said.

Three others received treatment for non-life threatening injuries, the company said. A total of 15 US Ecology employees were working during the time of the explosion. The facility is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of Boise.

"Most of the skin has been blown out, and much of the metal has been bent," Simon Bell, the company's vice president of operations and chief operating officer, said of the building. "It would have been a large explosion based on the damage to the building."

There's no threat to the public, and emergency crews, including a hazardous materials team, were at the site, Owyhee County spokeswoman Angela Barkell said. The facility is about 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of the small town of Grand View, and about a mile from a highway.

"No immediate threat has been identified, and no evacuations have taken place," Barkell said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.

Bell said employees were doing routine work at the time of the blast, but he didn't want to speculate on the cause.

"Since we had an explosion there was something out of the ordinary, and we will be fiercely focused on understanding what that is," he said.

The company takes in contaminants such as arsenic, lead, zinc, cadmium and other metals that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has deemed hazardous and converts them to non-hazardous residues, minimizing the long-term risks of disposal.

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School Children Among 40 Injured in Head-on Crash of Buses

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 09:29

BERLIN (AP) — Police say 40 adults and children have been injured, five of them "very seriously," in a head-on collision involving two public buses in southern Germany.

A spokesman for Bavarian police said the people injured in the Thursday crash outside Nuremberg included school children, but he couldn't immediately say how many.

Police spokesman Bert Rauenbusch told The Associated Press that multiple helicopters were being used to airlift those with the most serious injuries to hospitals.

He says police are investigating the cause of the crash, which also involved a third vehicle.

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