Croatia: Pilgrims killed when Polish bus slides off road | TSWT | 06.08.2022


At least 12 people were killed and dozens injured in the northwestern Croatian town of Varazdin on Saturday after a Polish bus carrying religious pilgrims slid off a road and crashed.

According to police, 43 people were injured, 18 of whom are in serious condition.

Emergency services were dispatched to the accident site early on Saturday at around 5:40 am local time (0340 GMT). The accident took place near Breznicki Hum, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) from the capital Zagreb, police reported.

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Lukasz Jasina, a spokesman for the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told Polish broadcaster TVN24: “All victims are Polish citizens – at the moment we can confirm this.” The ministry spokesman said the bus had Warsaw license plates.

“Representatives from our embassy are going to the accident site,” Jasina added.

An investigation is underway into the cause of the crash.

Croatian Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic said the passengers on the bus were heading to Medjugorje, a Roman Catholic shrine in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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ar/dj (TSWT, TSWT, Reuters)



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