A day after a major traffic accident on the A4 highway almost halfway between Varaždin and Zagreb, the fight for the lives of Polish travelers who were going to Međugorje continues. Twelve of them have died, and dozens were treated in hospitals in Zagreb, Varaždin and Čakovec. The bus that drove off the A4 highway was in proper working order, confirmed the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure, and the State Attorney's Office an ordered an autopsy on the victims and an expert opinion regarding possible intoxication of the bus driver.
Seven patients were treated in the Varaždin hospital, and two are in critical condition, confirmed the director of the hospital, Damir Poljak.
“Four of the patients were in satisfactory condition and they have been released, and I hope they arrived safely in Poland. Of the seven remaining patients, two are still in critical condition, four are in intensive care and those two are critical, while one patient has been transferred from the intensive care unit to the traumatology ward,” said Poljak.
Five patients are being treated at the Zagreb Clinical Hospital, some may be discharged today.
“Four of them are still in the intensive care unit; some of them will have additional operations that were not conducted yesterday, because they are in the second tier of urgency. Two patients are already in normal wards, they have light injuries. One is at the traumatology and Orthopedics ward and the other is at the ward for plastic surgery,” said Surgeon Josip Bubnjar describing the situation at the Dubrava Clinical Hospital.
Five patients are being treated at the Zagreb Clinical Hospital Centre
“They are stable, two of them have very harsh injuries, but they are not currently in life danger. Two others are completely stable and in the surgery ward there is one patient with light injuries,” said Anesthesiologist Anđela Babić.
“For our patients we are not yet considering transport to Poland. Poland has well organized transport, including planes and a team that knows how to work with such patients, but it is better not to transport them until they are absolutely stable,” said Primarius Milivoj Novak.
The Polish Minister of Health, Adam Niedzielski, visited the injured passengers last night, and four pilgrims are returning to Warsaw with the Polish delegation.
“We thank all Croatian services who quickly arrived at the scene of the accident and provided assistance,” said Minister Niedzielski .
The Croatian Auto Club has said that traffic on the highway has been normalized. The scenes seen yesterday by firefighters from the Novi Marof volunteer fire department, Neven Međeral and Dražen Žulin, will be remembered for a long time.
“It was not a nice sight, there were people inside crying for help, we tried to get those injured out by priority, but they were lying on top of each other, so it wasn't nice to see,” said Međeral.
“It was a difficult thing to see. We took care of them as we went along, and that was that,” said Žulin.
The Polish pilgrims' destination was Medjugorje, where they prayed for them today.
“To be close in prayer is not a small thing, it is very important. Our Lady teaches us that we should pray for others,” said Friar Marinko Šakota from Medjugorje.
According to the Polish Ministry of Infrastructure, the bus they were traveling on was in proper working order. It still needs to be determined why the driver lost control of the vehicle, and the State Attorney's Office has ordered an autopsy of the victims, an expert opinion on possible intoxication of the bus driver, and other evidence related to this serious traffic accident is being collected.
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