In eastern Croatia, a community is mourning the tragic death of two teenagers.
Osijek Baranja County declared Monday a day of mourning and the teens’ home town of Erdut, will be in mourning for three days this week.
“Everyone has been affected by this. I am very proud that people in the wider community, in Erdut and Dalj, have posponed any kind of celebrations and other events. People have recognized how difficult a time this is,” said Jugoslav Vesić, the head of Erdut Municipality.
The two fourteen-year-olds were on a school trip last week when a truck plowed into them at a highway rest stop near Novska. Two adults from another car were also seriously injured in the crash.
Classes at the girls’ school in Dalj are set to resume on Wednesday. The Ministry of Education is sending a crisis team to help students and teachers cope with the trauma of the accident. They will be receiving counseling.
“The emotions are very difficult emotions, which is understandable. It's hard to talk about. I think we are going to need some time to psychologically process all this,” said Bernard Majer, a Catholic religion teacher at the school.
The school has opened up a book of remembrance and students have been stopping by to sign it, light candles, and leave flowers. Funeral services for both students will be held on Saturday.
The driver of the truck told police he had tried to break when he pulled into the rest stop but that his brakes failed. An inspection later found no fault with the truck’s brakes.