17:16 / 06.08.2022.

Author: Branko Lozančić

12 Polish citizens killed in tragic bus accident

The Polish bus being removed from the accident scene

The Polish bus being removed from the accident scene

Foto: Ivica Grudiček / HRT

At least 12 people died early this morning in an accident involving a Polish bus on the A4 motorway near Breznički Hum. 32 people were injured, and 18 of them were transported to Zagreb hospitals with serious injuries. They were travelling from Poland to Medjugorje. 

The accident happened on a flat, clear section of the highway, and weather conditions were good. The reason why the bus ran off the highway will be determined by an investigation.

“This is something that we must now leave to the experts to see why it came to this running off the motorway,” said Interior Minister, Davor Božinović.

The news that the accident happened was received by the 112 center at 5:35 a.m. They were called by a Polish woman from the bus. “The first emergency team arrived at the scene of the accident very quickly,” said the director of the emergency department, Maja Grba Bujević.

“The first team was at the scene at 5:48 a.m. and the intervention was declared over at 7:55 a.m.. We can confirm that 11 people died at the scene and one person died after arriving at the Rebro hospital,” said Grba Bujević.

A total of 16 emergency teams from Varaždin, Čakovec and Zagreb were at the scene of the accident along with numerous firefighters.

The bus was registered in a small town not far from Warsaw, and they were going on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, said Minister Božinović.

The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that all the victims were Polish citizens.

Prime Minister Andrej Plenković spoke with the Polish Prime Minister and expressed his condolences to him as well as to the families of the victims.

"In the name of the Republic of Croatia I expressed condolences to the families of the deceased. I also informed them that all services were engaged and the injured are being treated," said Prime Minister Plenković.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Goran Grlić Radman, expressed his condolences as well as hope for a speedy recovery of the injured.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki confirmed on Facebook that they were on a pilgrimage to Međugorje, and the Consul of Poland in Croatia, Dagmara Luković, thanked the Croatian health services.

Polish President Duda also sent his condolences for the victims.

Source: HRT

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