Death toll rises in Polish bus crash in Croatia

2022-08-06 10:44 update: 2022-08-08, 14:39
Trójkąt ostrzegawczy photo  PAP/Grzegorz Michałowski
Trójkąt ostrzegawczy photo PAP/Grzegorz Michałowski
Twelve people were killed and many injured in an accident of a Polish bus north of the Croatian capital, Zagreb, in the early hours on Saturday.

The bus slipped off the road on the A4 motorway and landed in a ditch.

According to the spokesperson of the Polish foreign ministry, all the casualties are Polish citizens. 

Earlier in the day Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki confirmed information of 11 dead as well as 34 injured. He also said he had sent health and deputy foreign ministers, Adam Niedzielski and Marcin Przydacz, to the site of the accident.

According to Morawiecki, the bus was carrying pilgrims travelling to the Catholic pilgrimage site Medjugorje in southwestern Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Later, Polish health ministry spokesman, Lukasz Jasina, confirmed that the 12th person had died in hospital.

"Unfortunately, we have to confirm that we have more fatalities - the twelfth person... has died, the victim died in hospital," Jasina told the Polish television channel TVN24.

The Croatian newspaper Vecernij List reported on its website that five injured tourists were in a serious condition.

According to the Croatian fire service, the injured people were transported to hospitals in Varazdin and Zagreb.

Croatian public television HRT said that the driver most likely had fallen asleep.

The Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, President Andrzej Duda, as well as the Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, offered condolences to the families of the victims. (PAP)