The bus turns off-road in Croatia. 10 dead, 45 injured


Zagreb, Croatia-A bus turned a highway early Sunday and crashed in Croatia, killing 10 people and injuring at least 45-some were seriously injured.

The crash occurred around 6 am (Greenwich Mean Time 0400, Eastern Standard Time 12:00) near the town of Slavonski Brod on the highway between the capital Zagreb and the Serbian border.

The picture of the scene shows a bus next to the lawn near the edge of the road. Firefighters and rescuers were visible around the bus while the freeway was closed.

Police said the bus had a Kosovo license plate that regularly operated from Germany to Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, south of Serbia. The cause of the crash was not immediately apparent.

According to officials, the bus was carrying 67 passengers, including children, and two drivers. Local police chief Franjo Galic described the crash as “one of the worst accidents I’ve ever seen.”

Forty-five injured were transferred to the Slavonskibrod hospital. Hospital director Josip Samardzic said eight people were seriously injured.

Health Minister Vili Baros later said that 15 minors were passengers and one girl was seriously injured.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrei Plenkovich expressed “sadness and sorrow” and expressed his condolences to the relatives of those who died in the crash and the people of Kosovo.

“I hope the injured will recover,” Prenkovich tweeted.

Kosovo sent a minister of interior to Croatia after senior officials expressed their condolences to the victims’ families and expressed their hope for a quick recovery of the injured.

President Viyosa Osmani, who is in Tokyo at the Olympics, expressed sadness in a Facebook message.

“In our heart and spirit, we are near a family that has lost a loved one in this tragedy,” Osmani said. “It’s an indescribable pain and a huge loss.”

The highway where the crash took place is the main communicating artery through Croatia, which is busy during the summer for tourists and foreign workers returning from Western Europe.