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Croatia bus crash kills at least 12, 31 injured

ZAGREB, Croatia — A Poland-registered bus carrying pilgrims to a shrine in Bosnia skidded from a freeway in northern Croatia early Saturday, killing at least 12 individuals and injuring a number of others, police and officers stated.

Croatian police stated on Twitter that “in the skidding of a bus with Polish license plates, according to initial information from the field, 11 people died and several were injured.” Officials stated yet another passenger died later in a hospital and that the bus was carrying 43 individuals.

Croatia’s state HRT tv reported that about 30 individuals had been injured, many severely. It stated the more than likely reason behind the crash was the driving force falling asleep.

The broadcaster confirmed video of a smashed blue bus in a ditch subsequent to the freeway. The bus was touring within the route of Zagreb, Croatia’s capital.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stated the bus was taking pilgrims to the Catholic shrine in Medjugorje, a city in southern Bosnia. The shrine is Europe’s third-most widespread pilgrimage vacation spot after Lourdes and Fatima, though the Vatican has not verified any of the reported miracles that witnesses claimed to have seen there.

Out of the 31 individuals injured, 18 had been listed as severely injured after the accident.(*31*)
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Emergency services stand on the Varazdin-Zagreb highway next to the wreckage of the bus after the accident that happened on August 6, 2022.
Emergency providers stand on the Varazdin-Zagreb freeway subsequent to the wreckage of the bus after the accident that occurred on August 6, 2022.(*31*)
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“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 stated on Facebook. “I recommended our consular services to organize a support organization for the families of accident participants.”

Croatian Interior Minister Davor Bozinic stated the bus originated from “a place near Warsaw” and that “according to some information,” it was carrying pilgrims to Medjugorje.

The accident occurred at 5:40 a.m. native time some 30 miles north of Zagreb, on the A-4 freeway, which is busy throughout the peak of the vacationer season.

Rescue groups had been despatched to the placement of the accident that an investigation what prompted the accident was ongoing, Croatian media reported.

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