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Bus crash on Croatia highway kills at least 12

ZAGREB, CROATIA (AP) – A Poland-registered bus carrying pilgrims to a shrine in Bosnia skidded from a highway in northern Croatia early yesterday, killing at least 12 people and injuring several others, police and officials said.

Croatian police said on Twitter that “in the skidding of a bus with Polish licence plates, according to initial information from the field, 11 people died and several were injured”.

Officials said one more passenger died later in a hospital and that the bus was carrying 43 people.

Croatia’s state HRT television reported that about 30 people were injured, many seriously. It said the most likely cause of the crash was the driver falling asleep.

The broadcaster showed video of a smashed blue bus in a ditch next to the highway. The bus was travelling in the direction of Zagreb, Croatia’s capital. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the bus was taking pilgrims to a shrine in Medjugorje, a town in southern Bosnia.

“This morning, I spoke about the details of the tragedy with Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic, who assured the full support of Croatian medical services,” Morawiecki said on Facebook. “I recommended our consular services to organise a support organisation for the families of accident participants.”

The accident happened at 5.40am local time, some 50 kilometres north of Zagreb, on the A-4 highway, which is busy during the peak of the tourist season.

Rescue teams were sent to the location of the accident that an investigation what caused the accident was ongoing, Croatian media reported.

A rescuer stands next to the wreckage of a bus at the crash scene in Podvorec, Croatia. PHOTO: AP


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