At least 12 people died and 31 were injured

The death toll in a Budapest-Split highway accident has risen to 12 after a pilgrim bus en route from Poland to Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, veered off the road and crashed 50 km north of Zagreb, Croatia this morning. A ditch.

Turin, pre-dawn crash: 2 killed, 2 seriously injured in head-on collision between bus and car

Accident this morning in Zagreb, Croatia

The collision was very violent: none of the surviving passengers were injured, and besides the twelve dead, eighteen were seriously injured, some critically, and fourteen minors. Most of the victims and the seriously injured were seated in the front of the vehicle. Eleven people died immediately and one died shortly after in a hospital in the Croatian capital. All the victims were from Poland. The first ambulances, called by a passenger trapped under the bus sheets, arrived within thirteen minutes. The scenes described by rescuers were horrifying.

“In almost thirty years I’ve been a firefighter, I’ve never seen a carnage like this,” said one firefighter. One of the most serious road accidents in recent Croatian history occurred in 2008 when a Slovak bus ran off the road, killing fourteen tourists. The Polish bus left yesterday from a town near Warsaw, stopping elsewhere in Poland to greet other passengers, with the final destination being the Medjugorje Marian Shrine. A total of 42 pilgrims and two drivers were on board, including three priests and six nuns. The Polish government immediately sent a team of doctors and psychologists to help the injured. I am on my way to Croatia as the Minister of Health and Assistant Secretary of State for Warsaw. The causes of the accident are still unknown and Croatian police have launched an investigation.

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The press immediately speculated that one of the two drivers had fallen asleep behind the wheel, but officials refused to confirm. Jacek Antoszkiewicz, owner of Megapol transport company, confirmed that the bus was his, saying the drivers were experienced and professional. I can’t believe if one of them fell asleep, or they were tired, I am speechless, it is unimaginable tragedy,” he added.

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