Breaking: 16 injured in Czech Philharmonic bus crash

Breaking: 16 injured in Czech Philharmonic bus crash


norman lebrecht

March 22, 2015

A bus carrying some members of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra home from a concert in Vienna came off the road today near the Austrian village of Mistelbach.

Three people are reported to have suffered serious injuries. Twelve have been detained in hospital.

Most of the orchestra had caught a flight from Vienna to their next concert in Poland. Those on the bus were not required for that engagement.

Report here (in Czech) and here (in German).

czech phil bus

UPDATE 2200 CET: All players but two have been released from hospital and are on their way home. The two casualties with serious injuries are now in stable condition.


  • Robert Hanc says:

    I am accompanying the orchestra on this tour and I am happy to say that fourteen out of the sixteen people traveling on the bus are now more or less ok and on their way from the hospitals in Austria to Prague. Two have been injured more seriously and have had to stay in the hospitals. But they ARE in a stable condition now.

  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    We wish them all Godspeed and hope they recover quickly.