The 25-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle on the snow-covered road and slid head-on into the bus. The two car occupants aged 29 and 36 died at the scene of the accident. The driver succumbed to his injuries in the hospital, the police reported in the evening.
The fatal collision on the B164 happened shortly before 8 a.m. The 51-year-old local bus driver escaped with serious injuries. At the time of the accident, he was traveling without passengers and was transported to the Zell am See clinic. The professional driver had tried in vain to prevent the collision and came to a standstill on the steep road shoulder. According to the police, the bus also threatened to crash. The car with the three Hungarians was badly damaged on the road. The 25-year-old car driver and the two women had to be rescued by the fire brigades who had been alerted Leogang and Hochfilzen are cut out of the wreck.
A large contingent of rescue workers moved out. In addition to the three rescue helicopters Christophorus 4, Heli1 and Alpinheli6, an emergency doctor from St. Johann in Tirol, four ambulances, first responders and a community doctor were on duty.
Since there were no witnesses to the accident and the location of the traces was unclear to the investigators, the Salzburg public prosecutor ordered the involvement of a court-certified expert. The alcohol test for the 51-year-old bus driver was negative, the police reported.
It was deep winter conditions at the level of the so-called Pass Grießen when the collision occurred shortly before 8 a.m. The impact happened from the side, the two accident victims were trapped and died at the scene of the accident. According to initial findings, the dead were not Austrians, as Bernd Hirschbichler from the Red Cross announced. Further details on origin and gender were not announced for the time being.
In addition to the rescue helicopters Christophorus 4, Heli1 and Alpinheli6, an emergency doctor from Sankt Johann in Tirol, four ambulances, first responders and a community doctor were on duty. The Leogang and Hochfilzen volunteer fire brigades carried out the recovery work. The seriously injured bus driver was transported to the Zell am See clinic. The other injured came to the Salzburg Clinic.