Croatia bus crash kills 12 poles, 31 injured


VARAZDIN, Croatia—A Polish bus carrying religious pilgrims slipped off the road and crashed early Saturday morning near Varazdin in northwestern Croatia, killing 12 people and injuring 31 others. Officials said 18 of them were seriously injured.

Police, firefighters and a medical team were deployed to the scene of the accident near Breznicki Hum in the capital Zagreb at 5:40 am, police said.

“Forty-three people were injured, 12 of whom died,” said Maya Grba Vujevic, director of the Croatian Institute of Emergency Medicare.

A spokesman for the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Polish commercial TVN24 that “all the victims are Polish citizens and can be confirmed at this time.” “The bus has a Warsaw license plate.”

Croatian Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic told reporters that the passengers were adult pilgrims on their way to the Roman Catholic holy city of Medjugorje in southern Bosnia. An investigation into the cause of the accident was underway.

Reuters

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