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Two children killed in school bus crash in Germany

Two children were killed and 20 more injured when a school bus slipped off an icy road into a ditch in east central Germany. 

Local authorities confirmed the incident on Thursday, in which the driver of the bus was also injured.  

Citing local police, German newspaper Bild said the bus was carrying more than 20 children to their elementary school when the accident happened near the town of Berka vor dem Hainich in the state of Thuringia.

The upturned school bus which slipped off an icy road in Berka vor dem Hainich in central Germany on Thursday 

Two children were killed and 20 more injured when a school bus skidded off the road and landed on its side

A police officer looks into the school bus that crashed on Thursday, with school children inside 

According to Bild, driving conditions were made worse by 'thick fog'.

In a statement on Twitter, Thuringian state president Bodo Ramelow said he was 'dismayed' by the news.

Separately on Thursday, nine children were injured in a similar incident near the Bavarian-Austrian border.

In a statement on Twitter, Thuringian state president Bodo Ramelow said he was 'dismayed' by the news

Police officers work at the accident site where a school bus slipped off the icy road

A police spokesman in Rosenheim said that a school bus had crashed into a tree in nearby Traunstein, for still unknown reasons.

He added that the driver had been seriously injured, while the children had sustained light to medium injuries.