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Driver hits school group in Berlin


A car crashed into a store in Berlin on Wednesday after the driver hit several pedestrians. Associated Press/Photo by Michael Sohn

Driver hits school group in Berlin

A teacher died and more than dozen people were injured when a man drove a car into a group that was on a school trip Wednesday, according to authorities. The teenage secondary school students were visiting Berlin from the state of Hesse in central Germany. Six of the injured were in life-threatening condition, and three were seriously hurt, according to a fire department spokesperson.

Who was the driver? Police said that the driver was a 29-year-old German Armenian man who lived in the city. He drove into the group at a street corner and then crashed into a shop window about a block away, police spokesman Thilo Cablitz said. Berlin Mayor Franziska Giffey said authorities believed the incident was an “amok act by a really seriously psychologically impaired person.”

Dig deeper: Read Onize Ohikere’s report in The Sift about a van crashing into a crowd in Münster, Germany, in 2018.


Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is a former assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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